The Oakland Athletics have optioned RHP Daniel Gossett to Triple-A Nashville, clearing room for outfielder Trayce Thompson.
Gossett is the odd-man out in the Athletics’ rotation and with two off-days coming up next week, the team have decided to deploy a four-man starting rotation.
Gossett got the start on Friday but struggled to contain the Angels’ offense, allowing five hits, five runs and striking out three in 3 2/3 innings. He lacked command for most of the outing and the Angels jumped all over him in the fourth inning.
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"“I’ll go down there and fine-tune everything and come back ready to go,” Gossett told Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle."
Gossett faced similar struggles last season in his 18 starts with the A’s, going 4-11 with a 6.11 ERA. Much of the same problems that plagued him last year are present against this time around, and it’s probably for the best that he spends extended time in the minors, fine-tuning his mechanics and control.
In two starts for the Athletics this season, Gossett is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA.
Next man up?
Right-hander Trevor Cahill is likely to fill the vacant slot in the rotation when a fifth starter is required again. The A’s signed the veteran Cahill on March 19 and he’s been preparing down in Triple-A. Cahill was with the Athletics from 2009-to-2011 and had some pretty solid years in Oakland. He had a record of 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA over three seasons with the club.
Cahill was an All-Star with the Athletics in 2010, going 18-8 in 30 starts and posting a 2.97 ERA. Cahill has spent time with the Diamondbacks, Cubs, Braves, Padres and Royals since his time with the A’s, mostly as a reliever in recent seasons.
Trayce Thompson was slated to join the team in Anaheim for Friday’s game, but because Gossett was on the mound he had to wait another day.
He’s expected to be active tonight, and will provide the Athletics with some additional outfield depth.