The Oakland A’s recalled starting pitcher Daniel Gossett, the team announced Wednesday. To make room on the 25-man roster, reliever Michael Brady was optioned back to Triple-A Nashville.
Gossett made 10 starts in his first stint in Oakland this year, beginning with his MLB debut in June. His overall numbers were shaky as he took his share of lumps, but he did squeeze out quality starts in half his outings (7 innings twice) while striking out nearly three batters per walk. He often got hit hard in his first tour of the league, but the 24-year-old still showed signs of encouragement.
Gossett, 2017: 5.17 ERA, 54 ip, 38 Ks 13 BB, 11 HR, 62 hits, 5.10 FIP
Note: Still slightly above replacement-level on both WAR scales (0.2)
Upon his return to Nashville earlier in August, he made three starts; in the last two, he recorded a total of 16 Ks and 2 BB (in 12 ip). Between some combination of that righting of his ship, the struggles of lefty Sean Manaea and his missing velocity, the regression to normalcy for upstart veteran Chris Smith, and Tuesday night’s (hopefully minor) injury to Paul Blackburn, Gossett is already getting another chance.
Meanwhile, Brady heads back to Nashville until the next time the A’s need a reliever. Rosters will expand next week when we reach September, at which point the smart bet would be for Brady (and the other taxi relievers) to return for the rest of the year to mop up in the bullpen. He got into two games in this most recent stint with the big club.
Brady, 2017: 4.56 ERA, 23⅔ ip, 24 Ks, 5 BB, 5 HR, 24 hits, 5.33 FIP
Looking forward, the status of Manaea and the health of Blackburn will likely be leading factors dictating the next moves on the pitching staff, including if/when Smith eventually moves to the bullpen. For now, here’s the new rotation setup, via Joe Stiglich, NBCS:
Thu: Off (come home to face Rangers)
Sat: Manaea (originally scheduled for Wed)