Braden to miss start; Mazzaro fills in

Because of elbow stiffness, Dallas Braden will not start tonight’s game against Baltimore. Braden’s next start is TBA, but manager Bob Geren said Saturday night against Cleveland be a possibility as he aims to give Braden more rest. Vin Mazzaro will start tonight’s game.

Just a couple of hours ago, Braden was going through a normal pregame routine as he prepared for his first start since June 22. But the six days off didn’t do enough for Braden’s problematic elbow, which has been an issue for about two weeks. In his last two starts, Braden has thrown mainly fastballs and changeups, with only a handful of breaking pitches mixed in.

Former Athletic Jake Fox was initially supposed to DH tonight for the Orioles, but he has been scratched in favor of Adam Jones. No Ryan Sweeney for the A’s, as he rests his knees for another day. He should be good to go Wednesday. Mark Ellis starts at DH, as Geren starts more right handed bats against the lefty Brian Matusz.  

The lineups:

A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Jackson LF, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Rosales 2B, Ellis DH, Davis RF, Pennington SS, Mazzaro P.

O’s — Patterson LF, Tejada 3B, Markakis RF, Wigginton 1B, Scott DH, Jones CF, Tatum C, Lugo 2B, Izturis SS, Matusz P.

Curtis Pashelka