Update on Cramer
It doesn’t look like Bobby Cramer is an ideal callup option for the A’s in the event they place Tyson Ross on the disabled list. Cramer is also on the DL with a lower back strain and is eligible to be reinstated Sunday, I’m told. He could potentially still be ready for Tuesday’s start in Anaheim, but I’m not sure the A’s are going to want their fifth rotation spot filled by someone who’s just coming off an injury. That means they’re likely to take a closer look at Josh Outman, Guillermo Moscoso or possibly Travis Banwart, who is 1-2 with a 2.93 ERA in seven games — six starts — for the River Cats.
The day hasn’t exactly gotten any better for the A’s, who are down 10-1 in the eighth inning. David Purcey, who relieved Ross in the first, went 3 2/3 innings, using 66 pitches along the way. The most he had thrown in a single outing this season prior to today was 22. Rookie Trystan Magnuson just threw 50, meaning both those guys won’t be available tomorrow. Even if Ross isn’t DL’d right away, I’d imagine the A’s would need to call up a pitcher for tomorrow’s game in San Francisco in the event Trevor Cahill endures a short outing.