SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Josh Outman has been tabbed to replace one of the two vacant spots in the A's starting rotation, beginning with Monday's series opener in Anaheim. Oakland manager Bob Geren made the announcement before Sunday's finale against the Giants. The other replacement will be announced Monday, Geren added. Outman hasn't pitched in the big leagues since July 2009 after Tommy John surgery. He missed all of 2010, and this year he's 4-1 with a 4.78 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Sacramento.
Geren hasn't seen Outman, 26, pitch this year but noted reports say he has shown significant velocity. "Before he got hurt, he was a power pitcher," Geren said.