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A’s bring back Gaudin to offer bullpen help

Here’s most of the story that will be up on the A’s site shortly:

A’s
assistant general manager David Forst confirmed the return of right-handed
pitcher Chad Gaudin, who on Sunday signed a Major League deal with Oakland after
being released by the Yankees on Thursday.


Gaudin, 27,
pitched for Oakland as a starter and reliever from 2006 to July 2008, when he
was traded to the Cubs along with Rich Harden. He has since played with the
Padres and Yankees, the latter for which he produced a 0-3 record and 8.68 ERA
in four spring games this year after going 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 games for
New York during the 2009 season.


The righty
will report to big league camp Monday and will offer the club insurance for a
rather depleted bullpen. The A’s relief corps has endured several setbacks this
spring, the most recent being Monday’s news that right-hander Michael Wuertz
may potentially miss the season opener with shoulder soreness.


Wuertz was
slated to throw in Sunday’s game, but he was scratched and will visit local orthopedist
Dr. Doug Freedberg on Monday. If he’s unable to go Opening Day, the A’s will
presumably look to Gaudin or fellow newcomers Jason Jennings and Edwar Ramirez
to fulfill right-handed setup duties along with Brad Ziegler.


Also offering uncertainties at the moment are righty Andrew Bailey and left-hander
Craig Breslow, both of whom are scheduled to pitch Monday for the first time since
March 14 due to elbow soreness. Furthermore, right-hander Joey Devine, who
missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, said Sunday he
likely won’t be pitching in Oakland until the third week of April, at the
earliest.

Will we see Taylor before Buck?

I think I’ve finally recovered from Monday’s wacky series of events. When I confirmed the Gabe Gross signing news Sunday, I was pretty certain Monday could turn out to be interesting knowing that a trade was most likely to follow to make room on the 40-man. But never would I have pegged it to be a day when we saw not one but two utility infielders come in, not to mention a brief hour-long stint by a $4 million outfielder (Willy Taveras) only to watch him be designated for assignment. And in the meantime, Dana Eveland and Gregorio Petit were DFA’d as well. Needless to say, I was afraid to leave my laptop and/or phone in the event news was waiting about the groundbreaking of a new A’s stadium and/or confirmation that Grant Desme changed his mind about the priesthood. It was THAT kind of day. A kind of day on which anything could happen.

What didn’t happen, aside from fans’ fantasies about the stadium and Desme, was anything involving Travis Buck. In fact, no news of Buck has surfaced in quite awhile. And the way I see it — through reports and personal observations — is that tension is running mighty high between the once promising goldilocks outfielder and the organization. When I talked to David Forst on Monday, he made no mention of Buck when asked about the fourth/fifth outfield slots. Neither did Billy Beane when discussing the matter with the Contra Costa Times.

That being said, I could seriously see Michael Taylor picking out white cleats before Buck does so again. And for Buck’s sake, I hope he’s gone by Opening Day. The kid needs a change of scenery — a new team to prove his worth. So let’s take it to the polls:

Where will we see Travis Buck on Opening Day?
A. Getting reacquainted with new and old teammates in Sacramento.
B. Sitting on the bench in Oakland.
C. Sitting on a big league bench somewhere far away.
D. Standing in a big league outfield somewhere far away.
  

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