OAKLAND – With James Kaprielian’s debut in 2022 Sunday against the Cleveland Guardians, A’s optional right-handed starter Adam Oller for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Oller, acquired in the trade that sent Chris Bassitt to the New York Mets, was 0-2 in three starts with an average of 11.17 with eight times and eight strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings.
Two more players will be sent off the roster on Monday as the roster is reduced to the normal 26 as opposed to the 28 that were allowed for the month of April due to a condensed spring training following a 99-day owner lockout pending a collective agreement. .
Oller’s departure came as no surprise as he jumped into the rotation as the A’s came through a stretch of 17 games in their first 17 days of the season and days off.
Last year’s minor league pitcher of the year for the Mets’ organization, Oller’s odyssey included stints in Independent League ball as well as Australia in 2020-21, before catching the Mets and flourishing in the minors. A’s manager Mark Kotsay expects to see Oller, 27, again at some point this season.
“I think the most important thing for Adam is just to find his fastball,” Kotsay said. “To be able to throw execute lanes in the zone more consistently. At this level, major league players can make adjustments and dismiss lanes that are not out of hand. I think that’s Adam’s focus, but also to build his pitch. -count up, so when he comes back he has a whole 105 pitches when he comes back in the rotation. “
Kotsay said the A’s have not decided whether to go with 13 or 14 pitchers on the 26-man list. No matter what players are sent out, the battle is softened a bit with the knowledge that the A’s have already used 36 players – tied with Detroit and Tampa Bay for most in the American league. There is a good chance that a new chance will come.
“I think the group knows it will take an army this year,” Kotsay said. “We’ve already experienced it with COVID dealing with some injury issues. We’ve given a lot of guys an opportunity they may not have had in years past. But it’s never easy to send someone out. It’s their livelihood and they will “It’s never an easy message, but the message is to be prepared, to be ready. There will be opportunity here, and it may be sooner than later, and then you’re back.”
The reduction of lists will change the way Kotsay approaches some games.
“There are some variables that are being eliminated in terms of moves that can be made during a game, the timing of moves,” Kotsay said. “It’s something I want to experience for the first time from tomorrow. I think we have a well-rounded versatile list and we can do some different things that we have not been able to do before because guys play more positions. . “
THE FIRST MONTH
In the first month of the season, the A’s finished below .500 with a record of 10-11. Their pitching was a pleasant surprise with a 3.56 ERA that was the lowest since 2014. Offensively, their .212 batting average was the fourth lowest in the American League and the lowest since they hit .211 in 2012. Their on-base percentage is 0.277.
“We finished a match under 0.500, but I’m still really happy for the team,” Kotsay said. “The team effort, what we’ve been through, the adversity we’ve dealt with… I think we may not have achieved everything we wanted, but we achieved what we wanted in terms of creating an identity. and create a culture where everyone is involved and everyone goes out there every day with the expectation of winning and with a great competitive environment. “
Center field player Cristian Pache was not in the starting lineup while he was in a 7-to-46 downturn (0.152) over his last 14 games after hitting 0.304 (7-to-23) in his first seven.
Seth Brown opened the scoring in midfield and it is conceivable that Pache could come into the match as a defensive replacement. He and catcher Sean Murphy are the only players to have played in all 21 games.
With Ramon Laureano’s return after 27 games, the A’s could have the luxury of sending Pache to Triple-A to work on his offensive play, although Kotsay said they are happy with what they have seen so far.
“There are always external circumstances that influence decision making, but in terms of performance, we are happy with what we have seen,” Kotsay said.
LF Tony Kemp
1B Sheldon nose
DH Jed Lowrie
C Sean Murphy
RF Stephen Piscotty
CF Seth Brown
LF Chad Pinder
3B Kevin Smith
SS Elvis Andrus