HOUSTON -- The A's decision to use a sixth starter for Wednesday's series finale in Houston forced them to option first baseman Nate Freiman to the Minors before the game.
In order to make room for lefty Drew Pomeranz, Freiman was sent to Class A Beloit. He was sent there rather than Triple-A Sacramento so that he can make a prompt return to the A's on Tuesday, the day after Beloit's season concludes. Sacramento, on the other hand, is likely destined for the playoffs.
"He told me he was excited about it -- another league, another place to play, get to see some new ballparks," said manager Bob Melvin. "That's the kind of guy he is.
"That's one team you know is not going to the playoffs, and you try to get him back as soon as you can. That's the way to do it."
In the meantime, Melvin will make do without his right-handed-hitting first baseman, instead using switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo at the position against lefties or relying on left-handers Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt.
Freiman is batting .241 in 54 at-bats for the A's, including .256 against southpaws.
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