A's recall RHP Leon from Nashville; option RHP Alvarez to Nashville

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville and optioned right-handed pitcher R.J. Alvarez to Nashville, the club announced today.

Leon had no decisions and a 7.56 ERA in two starts with the Sounds. He had 11 strikeouts in 8.1 innings but opponents were batting .314. The 26-year-old right-hander last pitched April 17 against Colorado Springs when he allowed two runs in 4.0 innings while striking out seven. Leon did not allow a run in four spring training appearances (3.0 ip) with the A's this year. He spent the entire 2014 season at Triple-A Sacramento with the exception of a one-day with Oakland. Leon was recalled as the 26th man for the May 7 doubleheader against Seattle but did not pitch before being sent back to Sacramento following the game. He will be making his Major League debut.

Alvarez was on the A's Opening Day roster and allowed nine runs in six relief appearances for a 12.00 ERA. Seven of those runs came in one inning of work last night against the Angels. He struck out 12 batters in 6.0 innings but also walked five.