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Gio gets Wednesday’s start

A quick update following the A’s 4-1 loss to the Giants:

–Bob Geren finally confirmed that Gio Gonzalez will start tomorrow night against the Giants. Josh Outman is getting his second MRI, and he’ll miss at least one start. The A’s sound as if they’re planning for the possibility of him missing more. Asked if Gonzalez could get an extended look in the rotation, Geren offered: “A lot will depend on what we find out with Outman. We’ll see how he does. But more than likely, (Gonzalez) will get a chance to earn that spot.” Talking to Outman before the game, he sounded a lot less enthusiastic about the condition of his elbow than during the weekend. “I’m just trying to stay positive,” he said. “I try not to think about it too much until they see (the MRI).”

I’ll be curious to see Gonzalez over an extended period if Outman does miss some time. I’ve never been crazy about bringing Gonzalez up as a temporary bullpen guy (although I know the A’s haven’t always had a lot of options for calling up lefty relievers). Gonzalez has been lights-out in Triple-A this season, but he’s an excitable guy and he’s gotten a little rattled while starting in the bigs. Tomorrow night’s atmosphere should be a good gauge for how he’s come along in that aspect …

Check in w/you tomorrow …

Joe Stiglich

  • Jan K Oski

    See what I mean. Rick knows what’s happening. He predicts same ole Geo and Geo delivers.

  • Tim

    SMALL SAMPLE SIZE. Give him a chance to actually play in the bigs before judging him as a player.

  • Jan K Oski

    Tim, 13 games in the majors isn’t a small sample size. It is actually 1 measure above the average for a statistical significant analysis on one individual. Add to the calculation his very different success at Triple A, and there’s something wrong in Geo’s head. He is only 24, but his window of opportunity is escaping him, if he continues to have control issues at this level. Yes, he could mature into a fine pitcher, but history shows that it’s the exception, not the rule.