Anderson returns, Milone optioned

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A flurry of roster moves is sure to come in the next few days, with Colon due to start tomorrow and rosters expanding on September 1. Here is the first.

As was expected earlier in the week, Brett Anderson was activated and placed in the bullpen.  He will apparently work on stretching himself out in the bullpen:


Rather unexpectedly, Tommy Milone was optioned after his start last night.  I guess it makes sense from the perspective of having a fresh long relief arm available, but then there is this:


Now, there's not a whole lot of difference between him, A.J. Griffin, and Dan Straily right now in terms of their results, but Milone does have a history of control that those guys do not.  It'll be interesting to see whether he finishes out the year in Sacramento fully, or comes up when his 10 day in AAA are up.

Tomorrow, I'd expect Evan Scribner to be sent back to AAA to make room for Colon.  The A's can option one current starter, but not two, who need to stay in AAA for the requisite 10 days.  After that, Susan Slusser reported that 9/1 callups may include Jemile Weeks and Michael Choice.

Edit: looks like the A's realized the 10-day thing:


With the Ports' season ending on Monday, this could get Milone back to Oakland the day after.  The River Cats, on the other hand, are in the thick of a PCL playoff race.

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