Here’s some follow-up from pregame …
–Bob Geren said the bullpen move didn’t have to do with the high number of lefty relievers. “It wasn’t a righty/lefty thing, it was strictly a performance thing.” But sending down Jerry Blevins and promoting Trystan Magnuson does give the A’s a more conventional four righty/three lefty split in the relief corps.
The 6-foot-7 Magnuson throws a fastball, slider and cutter, according to Geren. He’s got good velocity and improved his slider with Triple-A Sacramento. He had three saves with the Rivercats to go with a 1.56 ERA in 12 appearances. He struck out 19 and walked nine in 17 1/3 innings, holding opponents to a .138 average. Geren said he’ll try easing Magnuson into some low-pressure situations.
The bigger question here is how long before Joey Devine gets called up. He’s been lights out for Sacramento. In eight games, he’s allowed zero earned runs or walks and struck out 13. “He just needs to keep pitching, keep performing,” Geren said. “When he’s ready, we’ll make that decision.”
More ‘pen news: Andrew Bailey will go to Phoenix and pitch in an extended spring training game Saturday. No word on what the next step would be.
And still no word on Dallas Braden. He was traveling yesterday and Geren said no one from the A’s had spoken to him yet. Geren said head trainer Nick Paparesta had spoken to at least one of the doctors who examined Braden this week, but Geren was waiting for the team to have contact with Braden before releasing any information.
Here’s hoping we get this game in. Forecasts were calling for a 50 percent chance of rain by about 3 p.m. local time …
A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Jackson RF, Willingham LF, Suzuki C, Matsui DH, LaRoche 3B, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS; Gonzalez LHP.
Rangers — Borbon CF, Blanco SS, Kinsler 2B, Young DH, Moreland 1B, Beltre 3B, Murphy LF, Napoli C, Gentry RF; Harrison LHP.