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Chavez struck out nine Angels batters and allowed four hits on April 14, 2014, his third start of the year.
Pitcher Jesse Chavez may have been inserted into the starting rotation purely by default. During spring training, Jarrod Parker suffered an injury that would lead to his second Tommy John surgery. A.J. Griffin began the year on the shelf, and Bob Melvin went with Chavez until Griffin returned.
Then the A's shut Griffin down for the year as well.
In addition to a need due to injuries, Chavez made it hard to ignore a brilliant spring training in which he finished with a 5-1 record and a 2.22 ERA in 28.1 innings pitched.
So why chalk this up as Melvin's decision?
At the time of Parker's injury, the A's had Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Dan Straily and Tommy Milone as the most likely candidates for four spots. In the fifth spot, Melvin could have gone with Chavez—formerly a long reliever—or starting pitching options such as Drew Pomeranz, Josh Lindblom or Arnold Leon, to name a few.
He went with the reliever.
Melvin recently removed Chavez from the rotation after the team acquired three starting pitchers at the trade deadline. However, before returning to the bullpen, Chavez earned eight wins and kept his ERA under 4.00. His performance this season is highlighted by a 5-2 record with a 2.32 ERA at home.
The A's skipper made a fantastic decision going with Chavez to start the season.