A’s call up top prospect Dan Straily – Blackley To Pen.
Staff Writer Susan Slusser
Dan Straily, who leads all of baseball in strikeouts, will join the A’s today along with infielder Adam Rosales, I am told by multiple sources. Both men were informed last night after Triple-A Sacramento’s game, and Straily is expected to make his big-league debut tomorrow night.
Straily, 23, has 175 strikeouts in 138 1/3 minor-league innings this year, and he’s the A’s player every other team asked for in talks leading up to the deadline. The A’s hung onto him and brought him up themselves.
I am told this is not an injury situation, no one is going on the DL to make room for either player. So two players likely will be demoted, and obviously one will be an infielder (Brandon Hicks, I presume) and my guess on the other is a reliever, likely Jim Miller.
That would mean Travis Blackley would move into the bullpen as a long guy.
That’s just how outstanding Oakland’s stable of pitching is: Blackley has one mediocre outing after lots and lots of good ones (he allowed six hits and five runs in five innings Sunday at Baltimore) and he’s out of the rotation. As Brett Anderson keeps saying – and maybe he’s not even joking anymore – he and Brandon McCarthy aren’t sure they have spots in the rotation to return to when they come off the DL.
Straily would be on turn to pitch tonight, but it sounds as if he will get his bearings today and start tomorrow night, which would be Blackley’s spot.