A’s lefty Manaea to make sea­son de­but Sun­day

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY MIKE FITZ­PATRICK

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.

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