OAKLAND -- One game into the season, the A's pitching rotation is in upheaval.
A rainout of the second game of the season Tuesday forced the first-ever day/night Coliseum doubleheader on the A's and the Indians for Wednesday, and the A's left a sodden Coliseum considering their pitching options.
They will go with Scott Kazmir in the opener against the Indians' Corey Kluber in the 12:35 p.m. first game. Cleveland will stay in rotation and go with Zach McAllister in the 6 p.m. second game while the A's were going with 'to be announced.''
The A's, already rocked in the rotation with Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery) out for the year and A.J. Griffin (elbow) out for another six weeks or so, can stay in house, which would mean going with their long man, lefty Drew Pomeranz, in the second game.
But what would happen if they were to need the long man in the opener? In that case, the A's would need to have a minor league option, so they'd have to call on either Josh Lindblom or Arnold Leon.
And if they used Pomeranz in Game 2, the A's would be without a long man at least through Friday and probably through Saturday, so one way to get in front of the problem would be to use Pomeranz, then call up someone to replace him on the roster Thursday to make sure there are fresh arms in the bullpen.
The other way to handle the situation would be to leave Pomeranz where he is and make a quick call to Triple-A Sacramento, raiding its starting rotation.
Lindblom, who was with Texas last year, and Leon, who has been working his way up the minor league ranks since 2006, are the only two members of the rotation at Triple-A Sacramento who are on the 40-man roster, which means they could be added to the roster at minimal cost.
"We could go with a 26th man for the second game of the doubleheader,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said without saying that's what the club was going to do.
Since 2012, Major League Baseball rules have allowed clubs to add a 26th player for day/night doubleheaders, and teams almost always use it to help balance out pitching that might otherwise get mangled when trying to squeeze 18 innings out of a 12-man staff.
Lindblom, acquired in the trade of Michael Choice to Texas over the winter, was a starting pitcher in just one of his six spring appearances, but he did throw 152/3 innings with a 4.02 ERA in Cactus League games and also made minor league starts, so he should be reasonably well stretched out.
Leon also made one start in his five Cactus League appearances and also pitched in minor league games but might have the advantage because of a the 2.13 ERA he put together.
Pomeranz didn't start in spring training, in eight games put together a good first impression (a 2.84 ERA), but he threw only 122/3 innings, so he may not be stretched out enough for the A's to feel they'd get five-plus innings from him.
Game 1: Cleveland (Corey Kluber, 11-5 in 2013) at A's (Scott Kazmir 10-9), 12:35 p.m. CSNCA
Game 2: Cleveland (Zach McAllister, 9-9 in 2013) at Oakland (undecided), 6 p.m. CSNCA