SEATTLE -- On the same day Evan Scribner's second stint with the A's this season came to an end, Jesse Chavez's began.
It's a trend that will likely continue for the two right-handed long relievers, who have bounced between Triple-A Sacramento and Oakland.
Scribner tied a career high with three innings pitched in Thursday's loss in Cleveland, so the A's, in need of a fresh bullpen arm for this weekend's three-game series in Seattle, called up Chavez on Friday to take his roster spot. Oakland also recalled Chavez and optioned Scribner back in April.
"It would be at least two or three days before [Scribner] would be able to pitch again, and unfortunately that's just part of that long role," manager Bob Melvin said. "That's the way it goes. We've flipped these two a couple times now, and Jesse gives us that starter-type of length, where you're not afraid to run him out there for four or five innings if something were to happen."
Chavez was initially recalled from Sacramento on April 20 and gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings over three appearances before he was optioned on April 29. He was 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts with the River Cats following his demotion, and is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts overall for them.
Young likely nearing rehab assignment in Arizona
SEATTLE -- A depleted A's club could soon be welcoming back one of its ailing outfielders, as Chris Young is expected to begin a rehab assignment within a few days.
Young, nursing a strained left quad, could potentially be Arizona-bound this weekend should the A's decide he's ready to pick up a handful of at-bats in game action via extended spring camp. That puts Young on track to possibly return to the A's when eligible on Wednesday.
Coco Crisp, meanwhile, doesn't appear to be as close to rejoining the club, though he may not be too far behind, manager Bob Melvin said Friday in Seattle.
"He's maybe a day or so away from running," Melvin said. "Once he starts to recover, based on my experience with him, it can be pretty quick. But no timetable as far as when we expect him back here."
Unlike Young, Crisp could end up skipping a rehab assignment, as he's done in the past, instead jumping right back into the A's lineup when deemed healthy enough to do so. He's also eligible to return from the DL on Wednesday.
"I would say that that's one of the few guys that not only doesn't need it, but doesn't want it -- just wants to get back in there," Melvin said. "Our tendency is to get him back as soon as possible."
Oakland's third injured outfielder, Josh Reddick, is back in the Bay Area receiving treatment on his sprained right wrist and avoiding most baseball activity for the time being.
• Infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima (left hamstring) was scheduled to play nine innings for Sacramento on Friday, marking the first time he's played back-to-back days since his rehab stint began.
Nakajima is 3-for-12 with the River Cats and is expected to pick up several more at-bats before even being considered as an option to join Oakland's big league roster.