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Chavez made his fourth start of the season Tuesday against the Twins, earning a win by striking out seven batters in 7.1 innings and only allowing one unearned run on four hits.

Chavez took over Kendall Graveman's spot in the rotation, who was optioned to Triple-A after a poor start to the season. Through four starts, Chavez's ERA is just 1.80, as he's allowed a combined five earned runs.

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Chavez (0-2) labored through five innings Thursday in a loss to the Angels, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five.

After delivering six strong innings against the Angels last Thursday, Chavez got the call against them again a week later, and it didn't go nearly as well. However, he posted a 3.45 ERA while pitching mostly as a starter last year, and even after the ugly outing, Chavez's ERA and WHIP for this season sit at a shiny 2.55 and 1.13, respectively. Next up: a matchup with the Twins on Tuesday.

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Chavez will make his next start Thursday against the Angels, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Chavez was originally pencilled in for Friday, but he'll ultimately end up swapping spots with Scott Kazmir. The 31-year-old righty tossed six innings of one-run ball Thursday, with that run representing the only one he's allowed all season. That performance has earned Chavez a rotation spot moving forward, potentially making him worth a look in deeper and AL-only formats.

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The Athletics confirmed Sunday that Chavez would take over Kendall Graveman's spot in the rotation, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Chavez's excellent spot start Thursday against the Angels (six innings, one earned run allowed, four strikeouts) evidently provided enough reason for manager Bob Melvin to give him at least another turn in the rotation in place of Graveman, who was demoted to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday after posting an 8.27 ERA over four outings. The right-hander, who posted a serviceable 3.45 ERA over 32 appearances (21 starts) and 146 innings last season, looks set to take the ball Friday against the Rangers.

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After Kendall Graveman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, Chavez looks poised to claim a spot in the Athletics' rotation, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

Chavez made a spot start Thursday while Jesse Hahn was dealing with a blister and more than acquitted himself, holding the Angels to two runs (one earned) on one hit and three walks over six innings. None of Graveman's four starts were nearly as impressive as that, so manager Bob Melvin seems inclined to give Chavez at least a trial run as the squad's No. 5 starter. Chavez was quite capable as a member of the rotation for much of 2014 with the Athletics, posting a 3.44 ERA and 119 strikeouts over 125.2 innings before a late swoon resulted in his move to the bullpen in the second half. He should make for an attractive waiver-wire target in deeper leagues.

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Chavez will start Thursday's game against the Angels,

reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chavez will fill in for Jesse Hahn who will miss the start due to a blister on his hand. Chavez has been great out of the pen so far in 2015, allowing no runs while striking out nine over 6.2 innings. Assuming Hahn's blister heals as expected, Chavez will go back to the bullpen after the spot start.

Jesse Chavez P OAK 2 weeks ago

Chavez will be used a spot starter if Jesse Hahn (hand) is unable to get ready for his projected start Thursday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

Chavez will get ready just in case, which likely means he won't be used in long relief situations until then as a precaution. The As are optimistic that Hahn will be ready to go after leaving Saturday's start due to a blister on his throwing hand, but Monday's side session will likely play a major role in determining the schedule moving forward. Chavez made 21 starts for Oakland in 2014, so he's certainly no stranger to this type of role.

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Chavez was exceptional out of the pen on Saturday, allowing no runs with six strikeouts over 3.2 innings to earn the save.

Chavez is currently serving as the long man in the A's bullpen after losing out in the competition for the rotation in the spring. He has now allowed no runs so far in 2015 over 6.2 innings while registering nine punchouts. Chavez is first in line to grab a rotation spot should an injury occur.

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Chavez has officially been eliminated from contention for the starting rotation, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

This was the expected outcome for Chavez, as it was earlier reported he's expected to begin in the bullpen. He'll likely serve as a long reliever for the A's, and would be the top candidate to start should one of the starters go down.

Jesse Chavez P OAK 1 month ago

Chavez will likely begin the year in the bullpen,

reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chavez has struggled this spring and appears to be ticketed to the bullpen as the A's long reliever. Chavez had some success in 2014 in the rotation and should be the first name manager Bob Melvin calls when the A's need to fill a rotation spot due to injury.