A's reinstate IF Lowrie from the DL; recall RHP Neal from Triple-A Nashville
The Oakland A's reinstated infielder Jed Lowrie from the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Zach Neal from Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today. To clear spots on the roster, the A's optioned left-handed pitcher Daniel Coulombe and infielder Max Muncy to Nashville.
Lowrie was placed on the disabled list May 11 retroactive to May 10 with a right shin contusion. He went 1-for-4 with a walk on a one-game rehab assignment with Nashville on Monday at Las Vegas. Lowrie was batting .356 over his final 20 games before the injury and is hitting .302 in 32 games overall with Oakland.
Neal joins the A's for the second time this year as he made his Major League debut May 11 at Boston, allowing three runs on four hits in 3.0 innings of relief. He was optioned back to Nashville two days later and returns tonight to make his first Major League start. Neal is 5-1 with a 2.53 ERA in seven starts with the Sounds and has walked just four batters in 42.2 innings.
Coulombe was recalled on Sunday for the second time this year and did not allow a run in two games and 3.2 innings. He has a 4.76 ERA and .150 opponents batting average in three games overall with the A's. Coulombe also has a 0.56 ERA and .135 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances with the Sounds and has not allowed a home run in 16.0 innings.
Muncy was recalled from Nashville May 17 and went 2-for-5 (.400) with a walk in two starts. He was batting .279 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 37 games with the Sounds and added 22 walks for a .399 on-base percentage.