Ross out with left oblique strain; who takes his spot?
Righty Tyson Ross exited his seventh start today after making just seven pitches with what the A’s deemed a left oblique strain. Should Ross hit the disabled list, the A’s are likely to bring up one of the following guys:
- Bobby Cramer: 0-0, 4.60 ERA – He started the season on the A’s roster as a long-relief option in the bullpen but was rarely used. He’s made four starts with Triple-A Sacramento since his demotion, allowing 14 hits (including three home runs) and eight runs with six walks and 18 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. He’s scheduled to start for the River Cats tonight, so he’d be on turn if called up.
- Josh Outman: 4-1, 4.78 ERA – Outman was considered the leading candidate for the fifth rotation spot at the start of Spring Training and he appeared well on his way to returning to ’09 form following more than a year of Tommy John rehab. But he lost all feel for mechanics and command and was sent down to work on those things. I’ve heard he’s coming along nicely, especially with his breaking ball and velocity, but the command is still a little rusty.
- Guillermo Moscoso: 3-2, 4.02 ERA – Acquired via trade with the Rangers, he spent most of last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 7-7 with a 5.18 ERA in 23 games, 22 starts. He struggled in big league camp but has since posted 43 strikeouts next to just 13 walks in 40 1/3 innings in Sacramento.