OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Jason Hammel, who spent the weekend with his family in Massachusetts for the birth of his second child, a girl named Colby Jane, returned to the team Monday and is scheduled to make his next start Thursday in Texas.
However, with all hands on deck for the American League Wild Card hopefuls' remaining seven games of the regular season, manager Bob Melvin said he would not be afraid to use Hammel in an extra-innings situation for Monday's series opener with the visiting Angels.
Hammel has been excellent for the A's of late, despite rough beginnings in green and gold following his July 4 trade from the Cubs with Jeff Samardzija. He has a 2.81 ERA in his last seven starts, posting a 3:1 strikeouts-to-walk ratio in 41 2/3 innings in that span.
Following Hammel's turn, the A's will close out their four-game set in Texas with starters Scott Kazmir, Samardzija and Sonny Gray.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.