The Athletics will need a fifth starter, either on Monday or Tuesday, after optioning Aaron Brooks back to Triple-A Nashville. Felix Doubront is expected to get that start, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports.
Sonny Gray was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday against the Blue Jays due to back spasms. He’s expected to return to the rotation either on Monday or Tuesday. Doubront would get the other day. Gray threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Saturday and didn’t report any issues.
Update: The A’s made a series of roster moves including calling up Venditte. Pitcher Brad Mills was designated for assignment. Pitcher Aaron Brooks was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, and pitcher Dan Otero was recalled from Nashville.
CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich reports that the Athletics are expected to recall ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Orioles.
Venditte went on the disabled list on June 12 due to a strained right shoulder. He was activated on August 3, but was optioned to Triple-A. Prior to the injury, he had made four relief appearances at the major league level for the Athletics, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings on a hit and two walks with four strikeouts.
In the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Athletics’ bullpen has been taxed lately, prompting Venditte’s call-up. Starter Brad Mills lasted only five innings on Friday, Aaron Brooks went 1 2/3 innings on Wednesday, and Kendall Graveman went 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday.
There is none more team hotter than the Blue Jays.
Toronto won again, beating the Oakland A’s 4-2 this afternoon. Mark Buehrle was on the hill and allowed two runs in seven innings. Because he was pitching the game lasted a crisp two hours and twenty-five minutes.
On offense the Jays scored all four of their runs in the second inning thanks to a Kevin Pillar RBI single and a Ryan Goins three-run homer, all off of Jesse Chavez. Outside of that inning Chavez was good, striking out nine and not walking anyone. And, at least until Act III, Scene 2, Mrs. Lincoln probably very much enjoyed “Our American Cousin.”
This was the Blue Jays’ 11th straight win. If they win out, they’ll finish the season 110-52. And my inclusion of that little factoid is only a partial joke, I reckon.
A’s ace Sonny Gray was scheduled to start this afternoon against the Blue Jays, but he was scratched from the start with back spasms and Jesse Chaving is filling in.
Here’s what manager Bob Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com about Gray’s status:
He had some back spasms last night and was working hard to get them out of there. We wanted to at least wait until this morning to see how he felt, but we had a pretty good idea last night he wasn’t going to start. We’ll see how he feels in Baltimore, and we’ll get him in there when we feel it’s the proper time to get him in there, but at this point, not sure.
Gray is having a fantastic, Cy Young-caliber season, going 12-4 with a league-best 2.06 ERA and 136/40 K/BB ratio in 162 innings.
Dodgers president Stan Kasten said to MLB Network Radio on Sunday that the club won’t worry until after the season about starter Zack Greinke potentially opting out of his contract.
Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers in December 2012. The contract includes an opt-out clause after three seasons. So, if Greinke wanted to, he could opt out and hit the market as a free agent this off-season. If he decides to stay with the Dodgers, he would be owed $71 million over the final three years of the contract.
Greinke leads the majors with a 1.71 ERA. In a free agent class that will include Johnny Cueto, David Price, Scott Kazmir, and Jordan Zimmermann, Greinke would rank at the head of the class and likely could land a bigger contract.