Gio to pitch out of ‘pen

A newsie nugget coming out of Bob Geren’s pre-game media chat: Gio Gonzalez is heading to the bullpen for the time being, with Josh Outman starting in his place Saturday against Texas. You could see this one coming, considering Gonzalez’s 9.32 ERA through his first seven big league starts. “We’re going to give Gio a few outings out of the bullpen, possibly give him another start later,” Geren said. “… I think pitching in relief in a few non-pressure situations might be best for him.”

Outman was called up last week for his first major league action after coming over from Philadelphia in the Joe Blanton trade in July. He threw two scoreless innings against the Royals on Sept. 2 and then gave up three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against Detroit on Monday. Outman would have drawn his first big league start last Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader with Baltimore had it not gotten rained out.

Joe Stiglich