Another A’s starting pitcher lands on disabled list

CLEVELAND — Paul Blackburn hasn’t quite looked himself this season and this might be the reason.

The right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to July 7 Sunday morning with what was diagnosed as right elbow lateral epicondylitis, marking his second time on the disabled list after he missed the first two months of the season with a forearm injury.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Blackburn began feeling the discomfort in his elbow after his start Friday in which he allowed five earned runs as he lasted just four innings.

“It’s on the other side of the elbow so hopefully it’s not something that keeps him out for too long,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Popped up after the game and didn’t feel great the next day. Hopefully it’s nothing significant and just a stint on the DL so we can get him back soon.”

Blackburn flew back to Oakland Sunday and is expected to meet with team doctors and get and undergo an MRI. He struggled to find consistency through his first six starts, going 2-3 with a 7.16 ERA.

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