Chad Gaudin update: A’s will use him in variety of pitching roles

Thought I’d fill you in on what Chad Gaudin and manager Bob Geren had to say before today’s game w/Seattle. Gaudin is obviously going to be used in relief, but Geren said he considers Gaudin a jack-of-all-trades type guy, as he was before for Oakland. “He’s a guy that’s going to be very versatile,” Geren said. “We feel confident he can start, throw long relief, even short relief. We used him in that role in the past.” Geren wouldn’t say Gaudin has a roster spot guaranteed, but he labeled the right-hander “an extremely strong candidate” to make the team.

Gaudin said he’s been stretched out to 80-85 pitches this spring, but that was 12 days ago. He threw from the mound today and will make his first A’s appearance Wednesday against Cincinnati, the team’s final game in Arizona. Gaudin made 11 appearances (six starts) with the Yankees last year after being acquired from San Diego. He also pitched in one postseason game and he’ll be getting a World Series ring when the rest of the Yankees get theirs.

“Once you get a taste of (winning), that’s all you really want,” Gaudin said.

Joe Stiglich