Piscotty: ‘Pure joy’ after HR upon return to A’s

Updated: May 15, 2018

BOSTON — Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty returned to the lineup after the club reinstated him from the bereavement list and made an immediate impact, hitting a solo home run in his first at-bat Tuesday night against the Red Sox.

Piscotty, who batted eighth and started in right field, touched his heart with his right hand and looked up as he crossed home plate at Fenway Park.

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“It felt really good to get back out here. It’s been a bit of a long week,” Piscotty told NBC Sports California. “There’s been some teary days. But today’s a day to celebrate a win.

“Running around [the bases] was pretty emotional. I’m pretty cried out, so I didn’t tear up or anything. It felt so good, and coming around third I was immediately thinking of my mom.”

He finished the night 1-for-4 as the Athletics beat the Red Sox 5-3. Later he added of the home run: “Pure joy.”

Piscotty had been away from the team following the death of his mother. Gretchen Piscotty died May 6 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

To make room for Piscotty and with Trevor Cahill (elbow) expected to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, the A’s also optioned right-hander Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

Graveman, called up last Friday, earned his first win of the year in a solid start against the Yankees and was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Red Sox. He’s 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA over seven starts with the A’s this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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