A’s Piscotty, Snead off COVID list and avialble to face Rangers

OAKLAND — Stephen Piscotty was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Saturday and went right into the lineup in right field for the A’s against the Texas Rangers.

Piscotty tested positive for the virus on April 15 in Florida and remained in Tampa for five days before being allowed to come home. He has since had the requisite amount of negative tests to be cleared to play.

Left-handed relief pitcher Kirby Snead, who went on the COVID list the same day as Piscotty, was also returned to the roster and available to face Texas.

“I feel good, honestly,” Piscotty said. “I didn’t have it too bad. The one day I tested I had some body aches, went for the test, and that was honestly the worst of it. I don’t sound great but I’m getting rid of some of the stuff. I’m fully negative now.”

Piscotty is hitting .286 with no homers and one RBI, and manager Mark Kotsay felt a rehab start in the minors to regain timing was not necessary.

“He’s been keeping himself in shape,” Kotsay said. “He’s been at home in his cage, so he’s been hitting, working out, feels good, confident about being back out and back in the lineup.”

Piscotty said the plan wasn’t originally for him to start right away, but said he and Kotsay decided, “let’s just go. There’s no reason to wait around. I was excited to see that text that they were ready for me to get in there and I feel good enough to do it.

“It’s good to get back to baseball. To go to spring training, get started, get into the routine of things, and then get shut down kind of sucks so I wanted to get back in there.”

Snead said his symptoms were similar to Piscotty’s in that he really didn’t feel that bad but was shelved by the positive test. Snead said he threw on a high school field with no one around with catcher Austin Allen, who remains on the COVID-19 list.

NEXT UP FOR KAPRIELIAN

After giving up nine hits and four earned runs in his last rehabilitation outing, right-hander James Kaprielian will get an additional start in Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday before the A’s consider placing back in the rotation.

Kaprielian has been on the injured list since April 4 with a shoulder injury (inflamed AC joint) and also made one start in Single-A Stockton. After throwing 78 pitches for Las Vegas, Kotsay is hoping to up the ante in Kaprielian’s next appearance.

“I think he’s got 95 to 100,” Kotsay said. “If he’s able to get there, great, continue to build from there and continue to assess how he’s doing health-wise. We ‘re looking at this from his personal standpoint his in healthy, to make sure he’s confident and give us everything he has.”

After a rough second inning against Texas Friday night, Adam Oller put up three scoreless innings before departing. Getty Images

OLLER’S RECOVERY

Right-handed starter Adam Oller pulled out of a second-inning tailspin in Friday’s 8-1 loss to Texas, pitching three scoreless innings after giving up five in the second inning.

Included were home runs by Nathaniel Lowe and Andy Ibanez as well as a swinging bunt single that was simply bad luck.

“Second inning aside, I threw really well,” Oller said. “Pretty much all the hits came in the second inning. Limited the walks. Didn’t strike out as many as I normally would (two) but definitely would say that the other four were solid.”

Left-handed reliever Sam Selman, who gave up no runs and struck out five in 2 2/3 innings, was sent back to Las Vegas with Snead returning to the 23-man roster. He will go back to Triple-A having worked out an issue stemming from his dalliance his with a two-seam fastball.

“I thought it was ready and I was just spraying it all over the map and the two-seam kind of affected my fastball and made it into a cutter,” Selman said.

THE LINEUP

The A’s broke out a new double-play combination with rookie Nick Allen getting his first start at shortstop and Christian Lopes opening at second base.

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