Miller recalled to bolster bullpen

Miller recalled to bolster bullpen

Miller recalled to bolster bullpen
ST. PETERSBURG -- The A's added bullpen depth by way of a familiar face on Friday, recalling Jim Miller from Triple-A Sacramento.

Miller takes the 25-man roster spot of righty Tyson Ross, who allowed five runs in six-plus innings in Thursday's loss before being optioned after the game. Ross will assume relief duties with the River Cats, as the A's hope he'll find more consistency in that role.

The right-handed Miller, entering his third stint with the A's this season, has done well for them, compiling a 2-1 record, 2.16 ERA and .215 opponents' average in 24 appearances.

"He's done a nice job for us in a number of roles, so it kind of gives us the option to do some things with [Travis] Blackley, where we don't have to use him in a length role," manager Bob Melvin said.

That being said, Blackley becomes a definite option for Wednesday's start, a spot vacated by the suspended Bartolo Colon. Melvin admitted as much, but also said the team could choose to pitch Jarrod Parker that day on normal rest, should it forgo offering him and Saturday starter Brandon McCarthy extra rest with Sunday's off-day looming.

Should Parker, who started Friday in Tampa Bay, go Wednesday in Cleveland, the A's could then call upon righty Dan Straily for Thursday's start. Another option for either Wednesday or Thursday is rehabbing hurler A.J. Griffin.

"We'll take our time in making the decision," said Melvin, who gets to carry eight bullpen members until that time.