{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

A's will employ six-man rotation

A's will employ six-man rotation

|
ANAHEIM -- A's manager Bob Geren named right-hander Edgar Gonzalez the starter for Tuesday's game against the Royals, meaning the club will employ a six-man rotation down the stretch.

Geren said the move was made to limit the innings of his young pitching staff, which includes rookie right-handers Trevor Cahill and Vin Mazzaro and rookie lefties Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez.

"It'll give everybody some extra rest," Geren said. "We'll go that avenue through September with an extra pitcher and some off-days to give some of our young guys some rest."

The right-handed Gonzalez has come out of the bullpen in his past 19 appearances with the A's, and he has a 5.20 ERA in those outings. Gonzalez made two starts in May after beginning the season in Triple-A, and he was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in those games.

The move also shuffles the A's scheduled rotation, as Gonzalez will start Tuesday, followed by veteran Brett Tomko, Cahill, Mazzaro, Anderson and Gio Gonzalez.

But Geren said the order is subject to change based on how the pitchers are feeling, given the flexibility of a six-man rotation.

"We've put three or four models together, which is nice," Geren said. "It gives us flexibility to give these guys the amount of innings we'd like and for them to finish strong."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español