A's Stephen Piscotty homers in first at-bat following bereavement leave

Ruben Hill
May 16, 2018

Piscotty arrived to the A's clubhouse Tuesday afternoon after spending the past four days with his family following the death of his mother, Gretchen, May 6 after a long battle with ALS.

Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in a game delayed nearly two hours because of weather. After he crossed home plate, Piscotty trotted to the dugout, where teammates showered him with cheers and high fives.

"It's been an emotional week", Piscotty told MLB.com.

Then, after leaving the team for a time, Piscotty returned on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.

BC-BBA-Athletics-Piscotty Homers, 98A's Stephen Piscotty honors late mother with HR in returnAP Photo MASR106Eds: APNewsNow. "I know he was really- looking forward to that first at-bat".

Mengden improved to 3-4 on the season, lowering his ERA to 3.75.

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.

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