Reineke optioned; reliever Gray recalled

Slow news morning at the Coliseum …

Chad Reineke, last night’s starting pitcher, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento, not so surprising considering that Dallas Braden should jump right back into the rotation the next time through. But I was surprised the A’s didn’t add a position player to fill Reienke’s spot. Reliever Jeff Gray was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, bolstering the bullpen but leaving manager Bob Geren with just three position players on the bench. Are you surprised the A’s didn’t use the opportunity to activate Jason Giambi? Neither am I, judging by the way this scenario has played out so far.

Speaking of first base, Daric Barton was put through running drills to test his strained left hamstring. If all goes well, Barton could begin a rehab stint with Sacramento as soon as tomorrow. Things will get really interesting once Barton is healthy. Does he get the majority of time at first? Does Tommy Everidge keep playing? Does one get sent down to make it easier to squeeze Giambi back on the roster?

I see the A’s continuing to play the young guys. Any thoughts out there on how you’d like to see first base handled???

–One thing to watch today: Geren said Trevor Cahill’s last side session was the best he’s seen from the young right-hander in a while. We’ll see if that shows through today, as Cahill tries to bounce back after two poor outings …

today’s lineups

Kennedy 3B
Davis CF
Cust RF
Nomar DH
Everidge 1B
Sweeney LF
Powell C
Ellis 2B
Pennington SS

Cahill RHP

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

Hunter RHP

Joe Stiglich

  • J Canseco

    Everidge by a long shot. No idea what to do with Barton at this point. Sadly, the offense has improved leaps and bounds since Giambi went down.

  • Bob
  • Bob

    there he goes again

    let that worthless springer pitch 2 days in a row and you pay for it. — same ol’, same ol’ all over again today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    what a joke! using him because they want to move the franchise!

  • I think if you are going to go young, the A’s should go all the way. Everidge at first, send Barton back to AAA, leave Jeff Gray up for the rest of the season, put Springer on the waiver wire (he’s too inconsistent)and if he doesn’t get taken, release him. Leave Nomar on the team as the veteran presence, and, much as I hate to say it because I really like and respect him, leave Giambi in Las Vegas for the rest of the season. No one could have predicted that Jason would struggle so at the plate. It was worth a shot, but it hasn’t panned out.

    As for Trevor Cahill, good side session aside, he didn’t get it done again today. I think he needs to go back to Sacramento and work out his problems there. Bring Reineke back to take his place.

    Anderson and Gonzalez have pulled themselves together in the majors. I liked what I saw of Reineke yesterday, and Dallas knows how to right his ship. I hope Vin Mazarro can turn it around in his next few starts, but Cahill just doesn’t seem to be able to handle pitching in the majors.