OAKLAND — The A’s placed veteran right-handed reliever John Axford on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a shoulder strain and recalled right-hander Jesse Hahn from Triple-A Nashville.
Axford, 34, was warming up Tuesday night to potentially enter the game against the Los Angeles Angels when he felt tightness in his shoulder after throwing a curveball. Manager Bob Melvin said he tried to throw a second pitch and was still not feeling right.
Axford was receiving an MRI and the A’s hoped to have the results during or after the game against L.A. at the Coliseum. Melvin is hoping it’s not serious.
“With the new D.L. now and the shortened period of time, plus we can back-date him three days if we have to, hopefully it’s just a week,” the manager said.
Axford had no prior issues with the shoulder this spring.
“It was a complete surprise to us and to him,” Melvin said.
Melvin said Hahn would slip into a long relief role and Frankie Montas will assume Axford’s set-up spot for now..
In other A’s injury news, right-hander Chris Bassitt threw live to hitters for the first time since last May, when he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery. Bassitt threw 25 pitches on the mound and 25 more in the bullpen, and will repeat the process Sunday in Stockton.
There is no firm timetable for Bassitt’s return, but the pitcher hopes to start throwing rehab games in the minors by May and perhaps return to the A’s by June. Melvin said Bassitt could be a potential rotation addition by the second half.
Sonny Gray, still rehabbing from a lat strain, will throw another bullpen session on Friday.