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A’s promote left-hander Bobby Cramer, plus a note on 860-AM

Quick news update for you … The A’s have promoted left-hander Bobby Cramer from Triple-A Sacramento, and all signs point to Cramer sliding into Vin Mazzaro’s rotation spot. Unless the A’s change their plans, Cramer would start Monday’s road trip opener at Kansas City. Manager Bob Geren said Wednesday night — following Gio Gonzalez’s 117-pitch outing against Seattle — that he wanted to give Gonzalez an extra day’s rest and pitch him Tuesday. That would mean Cramer would be needed Monday. It’s been quite a road for Cramer, who will make his major league debut at age 30. Check out all the stops along his career. I bet he and reliever Justin James could swap some stories. James made his big league debut at Yankee Stadium last week, just 12 days shy of his 29th birthday.

I figured Clayton Mortensen was a strong bet to get promoted from Sacramento and fill Mazzaro’s shoes. But Mortensen got roughed up in three innings Wednesday against Tacoma. Surely that didn’t help his chances. To make room for Cramer on the 40-man roster, infielder Adam Rosales was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Another quick note: It’s my understanding that there was a shakeup over at KTRB 860-AM, the A’s flagship station, with some of the station’s high-level personnel being let go. I’ve been told this won’t affect A’s broadcasts for the rest of this season, and that none of the station’s current sports programming will be changed. Can’t say how this might affect A’s broadcasts beyond this season, if at all …

Joe Stiglich