The door continues to swing both ways in the A’s clubhouse, so here’s a quick update on today’s roster news: Dana Eveland was optioned to Triple-A following last night’s disaster and Dan Meyer was called up to take his place. … As I write this, we’re about an hour from first pitch and the A’s still don’t know who today’s starting pitcher will be. It’s Dallas Braden’s turn, but Braden has a nasty virus and hardly looked like someone ready to take the ball Sunday morning. Meyer, fresh off a red-eye flight that landed in Boston at 6:15 this morning, gets the start if Braden can’t go.
Eveland still looked shaken from the news before he left the clubhouse this morning. Understandable. After a couple of failed stints in the majors before, both he and the A’s seemed to think he figured out what it took to be a consistent big league pitcher. More than anything physical, Eveland said he hopes to get mentally tougher down in Sacramento. Expect the A’s to monitor his workload closely considering the innings he’s piled up this season. … And the A’s are still trying to learn what they have in Meyer, the last of the three players still with the organization from the Tim Hudson trade. He was 10-5 with a 4.48 ERA for the River Cats and was among the PCL leaders in strikeouts. You figure he or Lenny DiNardo slips into Eveland’s rotation spot but Bob Geren said the A’s haven’t decided that yet. Never a dull moment around this team, and that’s saying something considering they’re 53-56!!!