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Sean Manaea pitched against A’s four hours after being traded away by them

That was awkward

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres at Oakland Athletics Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland A’s traded away yet another star on Sunday, this time sending pitcher Sean Manaea to the Padres for a pair of prospects.

As if that wasn’t a tough enough blow for A’s fans this morning, fate coincided to turn the bummer up a notch.

You see, Manaea had already been scheduled to start this afternoon. And Oakland was hosting none other than San Diego. So with his new team on the way to the stadium anyway, he simply switched uniforms and pitched for the Padres, against the A’s.

“The Padres told [Manaea] not to bother leaving Mesa this morning. They’ll just meet him there,” reports MLB insider A.J. Cassavell.

The trade was officially announced at 8:45 a.m. PT, and the game was set to begin at 1:05 p.m., just over four hours later. Manaea suited up, though his green glove wasn’t quite a match for his new threads.

He got a chance to visit his old teammates one more time before pitching against them.

The game began, and A’s fans watched that familiar weirdness of our guy wearing a different jersey.

If that wasn’t enough, you can see him face Murphy and Pinder too. Or you can click here to read the full game recap.

During the broadcast, A’s manager Mark Kotsay spoke about what Manaea meant to the team and the clubhouse, calling him “the heart and soul of the staff the last few years.”

The lefty’s new manager won’t need any introduction, as Manaea will be reunited with Bob Melvin in San Diego, the only skipper he’s ever played for in the majors. Melvin left the A’s after last season to join the Padres.

Midway through the 4th inning this afternoon, Manaea had gotten his work in for the day, and Melvin came out to the mound to pull him for a reliever. The southpaw received an ovation from A’s fans.

It was hard enough to say goodbye to Manaea today, without immediately having to watch him play against the A’s four hours later. It was only an exhibition game so it doesn’t matter in the sense of the standings, and perhaps enjoying one final spring day at the park with him softened the blow as much as anything, but it was still a very 2022 A’s thing to happen.

It’s gonna be a long summer in Oakland.