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.