Right-hander Dan Straily arrives with A’s; he’s traveled a windy path to the majors

Here’s a quick rundown on a newsworthy pregame scene at the Coliseum.

Highly touted right-hander Dan Straily has joined the A’s from Triple-A Sacramento, and he’ll start Friday night against the Blue Jays. There’s no word yet on who the A’s will send out, but it surely will be a reliever as Travis Blackley is shifting from a starting to relief role.

Straily held a lengthy media session in the clubhouse. He’s a chatty and friendly dude, and he’s understandably excited to be here. I’ll have more on the path that brought him here in my full story that will be posted later tonight. But what a path he’s traveled … he started out at Division II Western Oregon University but transferred to Marshall, where he walked on and made the team. The A’s drafted him in the 24th round, and though he’s posted big strikeout numbers through his entire professional career, he’s burst on the scene this year. … 175 strikeouts, 2.60 ERA this season, split between Double-A and Triple-A. People inside and outside the organization rave about this guy, and on a pitching staff that’s been dominated by breakout rookie performances, it’s amazing that Straily’s debut will create that much more buzz.

Remember, Straily was nowhere on the A’s top prospects lists in spring training. At this time last season, he was pitching for Single-A Stockton. “I never really got into the (hype of) the whole prospect thing because I never was one,” Straily said. “I never bought into seeing where I was ranked. That’s fine with me. I found out you don’t have to be a prospect to make it all the way up.”

–In other news, Coco Crisp is back in the leadoff spot and playing center. … Cliff Pennington still looks on track for a rehab assignment starting Friday. … ADam Rosales was recalled from Sacramento and is starting at shortstop tonight. Brandon Hicks was optioned out.

Tonight’s lineups:
A’s — Crisp CF, Smith DH, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Moss 1B, Inge 3B, Kottaras C, Rosales SS, Sogard 2B; Colon RHP.

Jays — Lawrie 3B, Rasmus CF, Encarnacion DH, Johnson 2B, Escobar SS, Cooper 1B, DAvis LF, Gomes C, Gose RF; Alvarez RHP.

Joe Stiglich