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A’s send Dan Otero back to Triple-A with 7-1 record, 2.28 ERA

Aug 22, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

Dan Otero A's AP

Sometimes the life of a player with a minor-league option remaining just isn’t fair.

Dan Otero has been fantastic out of Oakland’s bullpen this season, going 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 71 innings while walking a grand total of nine batters. But the A’s needed to make roster room for outfielder Craig Gentry‘s return from the disabled list and because Otero has an option remaining he was the choice to be demoted to Triple-A.

He’ll no doubt be back when rosters expand in September, but for a 29-year-old with a career 2.35 ERA in 122 innings as a major leaguer it’s gotta be a tough situation.

  1. twinfan24 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I am not overly familiar with the A’s roster. Where does Otero fall in the pecking order in their bullpen? It looks like he has been used most often in losses and wins with big leads the last couple of weeks. He has the most innings in their bullpen, but would he be in line for a spot on the playoff roster? Would he need to be back before rosters expand to be eligible for the playoff roster?

    • clydeserra - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      he is the 6th or 7th inning guy, depending on the situation.

      he is likely the one that comes in with runners on base to put out fires. he also can go multiple innings. I think he went 2 and 2/3 when Kazmir was kicked out of a game in Cleveland by Jerry Layne for rolling his eyes (ok, he did a little more than roll his eyes, but since Laynes grudge stems from the 2008 playoffs, I feel entitled to take a little artistic license.)

  2. APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Twinsfan, “he has the most innings” is the issue, ie, he’s fatigued. They’ve been trying to rest him but, like Chavez, he has lost command due to fatigue. The bullpen looks like:

    9th inning: Doolittle (2.35 ERA)
    8th: Gregerson (2.21)
    7th Cook RH (3.02) or O’Flaherty LH (1.35)
    6th or Long: Chavez (3.34)
    LOOGY: Abad (1.62)
    and there is a 7th guy when one of the other guys needs a break, this spot rotates a lot.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Thanks for the info. It can be difficult to tell roles without watching a team’s games consistently.

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