Outfielder Nick Martini found himself back in the majors Monday and doing something he had done only twice in his minor-league career: pitching.
The Oakland Athletics recalled the 2008 Prairie Ridge graduate prior to Monday's game against the Houston Astros. With the Athletics trailing, 11-1, Martini was called on to pitch the eighth inning.
He walked the first two batters he faced before retiring the next three in order, including a strikeout of Tony Kemp for the final out.
Martini, who also went 0 for 2 in two at-bats, was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Tuesday's game in Houston.
Martini made his major-league debut last summer and batted .296 with 19 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 179 plate appearances.
Martini's strong performance helped him earn time as the A's leadoff hitter down the final stretch of the regular season. Martini was expected to open this season on Oakland's roster, but he suffered a Grade 2 PCL tear in his right knee during spring training in February.
Once healthy, Martini reported to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he is batting .343 with four home runs, 33 RBIs and 39 runs in 253 plate appearances.