A’s lefty Manaea to make season debut Sunday
Sean Manaea is scheduled to start Sunday for the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium, making his season debut after recovering from left shoulder surgery.
Manaea will come off the injured list when rosters expand Sunday, manager Bob Melvin said. With an off day Monday, right-hander Mike Fiers (13-3) will be pushed back to Tuesday at home against the Los Angeles Angels to give him extra rest.
Oakland is locked in a tight race with Cleveland and Tampa Bay for the two American League wild cards.
Manaea, 27, went 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 starts last year and pitched a no-hitter in April against eventual World Series champion Boston. He was sidelined in late August and had surgery on Sept. 19.
The left-hander has been rehabbing in the minors this season, going 3-3 with a 4.71 ERA in eight starts – and his most recent one was a gem. Manaea struck out 12 over seven shutout innings of two-hit ball for Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 23 at Tacoma.
“We just got to the point where we need to get him in a game,” Melvin said. “He was really effective his last time out. He’s shown he can be a really effective pitcher for us.”
Manaea, who joined the A’s a few days ago on their road trip, made his major-league debut for Oakland in 2016 and is 31-28 with a 3.94 ERA in 81 career games (80 starts). He was drafted 34th overall by the Kansas City Royals in 2013 and traded to the Athletics two years later in a deal for Ben Zobrist.
Melvin said Manaea is excited to get back on a major-league mound against the AL East-leading Yankees.
“He’s an excitable young man,” Melvin said with a smile.