Eric Patterson optioned to make room for Reineke

Well, that extended audition Eric Patterson was supposed to get in center field is over — for now at least. Patterson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room on the A’s roster for right-hander Chad Reineke, who starts tonight against Texas.

If you’ve seen what Patterson has done at Triple-A, you’re probably frustrated that he has yet to carry that success over to the bigs. He hit just .182 (4-for-22) in 10 games since being called up July 24. I think the A’s still want to give him a longer look (Bob Geren said as much), but in the short time Patterson was here, he didn’t look comfortable at the plate or in center, to be honest.

Dallas Braden’s ankle injury is thought to be short term, and since he didn’t go on the DL, Patterson was the unlucky guy to go to make room for Reineke. And with the way Rajai Davis is playing, you know he’s going to get the majority of time in center for now, and rightly so.

Braden isn’t limping nearly as bad as yesterday, and he expects to be able to make his next scheduled start Monday in Baltimore. Tonight’s start looks like a one-time gig for Reineke, who was trying on hats and getting acclimated to the Oakland clubhouse this afternoon. The scouting report is that he’s a sinker/slider guy, and that defenders like playing behind him because he usually throws strikes.

–Status quo on the Jason Giambi front, meaning no indication when (or if) the A’s will activate him. Geren was asked if we could expect to see Giambi activated at all the rest of the season. “We have a lot of different roster moves and decisions to make in a short time,” Geren said. “Promising anything in this game is very difficult to do. I don’t make blanket statements about anybody.” Those decisions he mentioned surely revolve around Daric Barton — and when he might be healthy enough to return from the DL — and fellow first baseman Tommy Everidge, who has looked good at the plate since getting called up last week.

–You might have seen the story on our Web site that the A’s signed right-hander Brett Tomko to a minor league deal and assigned him to Sacramento. Once upon a time he was a key member of the Giants’ rotation …

Tonight’s lineups
Kennedy 3B
Davis CF
Hairston LF
Cust DH
Suzuki C
Everidge 1B
Sweeney RF
Ellis 2B
Pennington SS

Reineke RHP

Vizquel 2B
Young 3B
Murphy LF
Byrd CF
Blalock 1B
Jones DH
Hamilton RF
Teagarden C
Andrus SS

Padilla RHP

Joe Stiglich