A's likely to add arms to deeper roster

A's likely to add arms to deeper roster

NEW YORK -- When Major League rosters officially expand from 25 to 40 men on Wednesday, the A's are expected to add a dose of pitching, manager Bob Geren said before Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

The A's skipper didn't specify which pitchers will be in uniform come Wednesday, but he noted the need to have some on hand given the circumstances surrounding scheduled starter Brett Anderson's last outing, in which the lefty hyperextended his right knee. Anderson, however, will not be limited in any way, Geren added.

According to a report from his alma mater, the University of Missouri, right-handed pitcher Justin James will be called up to join the A's. Signed out of the independent Northern League earlier this season, James was brought to Double-A Midland and posted a 2.29 ERA in 12 games before being promoted to Triple-A Sacramento. Since then, he's posted similar dominant numbers with the River Cats, including a 1.37 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings across 16 games.

Possibilities to join James are Cedrick Bowers and Ross Wolf, the latter of whom made four appearances with Oakland in July, posting a 2.45 ERA.

Unlike Bowers and Wolf, James is not on the club's current 40-man roster, but the A's have an open slot after outrighting outfielder Matt Watson last week.