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Athletics option left-hander Tommy Milone to Triple-A

Aug 3, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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On the heels of being knocked around for six runs over 3 2/3 innings last night in a loss to the Rangers, Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

Milone surprised with a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts last season, but he has taken a step back his year, posting a 4.39 ERA through 22 starts. The 26-year-old gave up two home runs last night, bringing his total to 22 over 133 1/3 innings. He allowed 24 in 190 innings last year. Not surprisingly, most of his struggles have come on the road, as he has a 5.00 ERA in 12 starts away from O.co Coliseum.

The Athletics have called up right-handed reliever Evan Scribner to replace Milone on the active roster. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle estimates that the A’s won’t need a fifth starter again until August 13. Milone could return at that time, though the A’s could opt to give Sonny Gray the opportunity. Brett Anderson is gearing up for a rehab assignment following a stress fracture in his foot, so he should be an option for the rotation before long.

  1. jarathen - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Not good enough to start for Oakland. Would be LA of A’s #3 starter.

    • tuberippin - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      I dunno. Jarrod Parker’s first couple months of the year were markedly worse than anything Milone has done this season, yet he’s still in the rotation. Dan Straily has put up an ERA between 4.40 and 5.00 all year and he’s remained in the rotation for most of the season.

  2. braddavery - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Sonny Gray!!!

  3. APBA Guy - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I think that sums it up. I’m not sure we’ll see Sonny start more than once, he hasn’t been stretched out, but my guess is Anderson will be go/no-go by Aug 21.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I wish Tommy well. Whatever happens, he’ll always have the memory of the first time he came to bat in the Majors. Just one pitch, that’s all it took…

  5. rcali - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    One start too late. That was pathetic last night.

  6. insidefastball - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Straily and Milone have both looked weak over the last month. The A’s might need to shop for pitching soon…..especially if Colon winds up getting suspended again.

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