UPDATES IN BOLD CAPS: So Tyson goes down with the oblique injury AND MCCARTHY GOES DOWN TOO, SCAPULA. Whenever I think of oblique I think of opaque, mainly for the oque but also because we have little info on how long it could last. I remember Kurt Suzuki being out for a while with one of these.
MCCARTHY COULD BE OUT MUCH LONGER GIVEN HIS INJURY HISTORY
Anyway, I wanted to throw out some candidates to come up in place of Tyson AND BRANDON, hopefully just temporarily BUT CLEARLY WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE:
The year before his injury, he pitched decently with the big club.
2009: 4-1, 3.48 ERA, 4.37 FIP, 7.08 K/9
He has started off extremely poorly in AAA, but lately has been better:
2011 AAA overall: 8 games, 37 IP, 4-1, 4.78 ERA.
Last 2 starts: 2-0, 1.38 ERA, 13 IP, 9K, 8BB.
Good candidate, except for the walks (which is somewhat typical coming off surgery)
Again, decent at the majors:
2010: 2-1 (4 Games), 3.04 ERA, 5.49 FIP (wow), 4.94 K/9
But, via sfgate:
But Bobby Cramer is on Triple-A Sacramento's disabled list with -- yes, an oblique strain.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/athletics/detail?entry_id=89344#ixzz1MqgBm2SF
So Cramer might be an option later, not now.
2011 AAA: 8 games, 3-2, 4.02 ERA, 2.36 FIP, 9.6 K/9
The plus for this guy is he's already on the 40-man roster, so no corresponding roster move necessary.
Found this tiny blurb on Scout.com: Moscoso is known for a plus low-90s fastball with plenty of late movement, however the inconsistencies of his breaking ball and changeup have held him back.
Came over in the Scutaro trade:
"It's no secret we need an injection of talent in the minor leagues," Forst said. "We have good scouting reports on both of them. They throw up to 93-94 and could compete for jobs in Double-A." (when the trade happened)
AAA line this year.
4-0 in 5 games, 2.43 ERA, 2.32 FIP, 8.49 K/9
Armando Gallaraga/OTHER FREE AGENTS?
Perfect game aside, his FIP is over 5. But he has MLB experience, recently DFA'd by the DBacks, and could be revived in the Coliseum, haven to journeymen pitchers.
Now that we have to get 19 starters we may be looking at Jeff Suppan in this role. Hey, the Yankees got Bartolo Colon to be useful, maybe we can get something out of nothing?
Here's Banwart's AAA stats in 2011 (he spent part of last year at AAA as well):
6 Starts, 1-2, 2.93 ERA, 4.18 FIP, 6.98 K/9