Straily, Milone make best of rain with extended side work

Tommy Milone had to get his work in on the side after Saturday rainout.

Tommy Milone had to get his work in on the side


The rain that washed out Saturday’s Giants-A’s game at the Coliseum made for a long day for most of the A’s.

For pitchers Tommy Milone and Dan Straily, it was longer still. They were supposed to share the pitching duties against the Giants, Straily getting five innings and Milone four.

When the rain made sure that wouldn’t happen, it was off to plan B – each taking turns in the bullpen – the rain had stopped just about the time the game was called off – to get to their desired pitch count.

Straily is due to pitch the first game of the Seattle series Thursday and Milone the second game against the Mariners Saturday, so they needed the work.

But there is an ongoing problem – the forecast is for rain both Monday and Tuesday, so the A’s pitching could get backed up a bit before the season even starts.

That, however, is a problem for another day.

“It’s time now for five innings of no-hit baseball,’’ Straily said as he pulled on his jersey to head out to throw.

Milone said it wasn’t ideal to just throw on the side, but as long as the mound was dry (and it was), everything would be fine.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.