Oakland A's MLN: Weekend In Review

News and notes from around the Oakland A's organization from this past weekend, including promotions, demotions, a trade and more...

Milone Sent Back To Sacramento

After a disappointing start on Friday in the Oakland A's loss to the Texas Rangers, left-hander Tommy Milone was sent back to Triple-A Sacramento. He was replaced on the A's roster by reliever Evan Scribner, who returns to Oakland for the third time this season. The A's have not yet announced who will replace Milone in their starting rotation.

Milone heads to the minor leagues for the first time since he was acquired by the A's before the 2012 season. The 26-year-old is 9-9 with a 4.39 ERA in 133.1 innings for the A's this season. He has allowed 22 homeruns and has a 100:33 K:BB ratio. Milone was 13-10 with a 3.79 ERA in 190 innings during his rookie season with the A's last year. He had a 137:36 K:BB ratio and he allowed 24 homeruns.

Scribner tossed a scoreless inning for the A's in their loss to the Rangers on Sunday. He has a 5.03 ERA in 19.2 innings with the A's this season. In 36.1 innings with the River Cats, Scribner has a 2.48 ERA and a 45:8 K:BB ratio. He has allowed just one homerun.


Goebbert, Whitaker Promoted

With Grant Green traded to the Angels' organization, the A's had a position player opening on their Triple-A Sacramento roster. Outfielder Jake Goebbert was tabbed to fill that spot over the weekend.

Acquired from the Houston Astros for Travis Blackley just before the start of the season, Goebbert has put together a strong first season in the A's organization. The Northwestern alum had a .268/.352/.480 line with 18 homers and 75 RBI in 105 games with the Double-A Midland Rockhounds this season. In his Sacramento debut on Saturday, Goebbert went 1-for-2 with a homer and two walks. In his second start, he went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Replacing Goebbert in Midland is outfielder Josh Whitaker, who was promoted from High-A Stockton. This is Whitaker's second stint with the RockHounds. He was with the team for a week in mid-May, but his stint ended abruptly when he fractured his wrist. Whitaker has been back on the field for about six weeks. In 53 games with the Ports, Whitaker had a .270/.355/.466 line in 204 at-bats. He is 5-for-8 with three doubles in his first two games back with the RockHounds.


Ynoa To Have Start Skipped

Stockton Ports' right-hander Michael Ynoa was lifted before the fourth inning in his August 1st start, and, according to Ports' broadcaster Zack Bayrouty, Ynoa will have his next start skipped. Ynoa had some shoulder discomfort in that start. The injury isn't expected to be serious, but the A's are being cautious with Ynoa, who missed two years recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Ynoa has already established a career-high in innings pitched this season with 72.2 innings between Low-A and High-A. He has a 3.84 ERA and a 64:34 K:BB ratio. Ynoa has allowed five homeruns and opponents are batting .241 against him.


A's Acquire Nieve

Thin on relief pitching at the Triple-A level, the A's acquired veteran right-hander Fernando Nieve from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. Nieve was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento.

Nieve made 22 appearances with Triple-A Columbus before the trade. The 31-year-old had a 1.81 ERA and a 55:12 K:BB ratio in 44.2 innings. Nieve was signed by the Houston Astros as a teenager in 1999. He made his major league debut in 2006 and has appeared in 99 games in the big leagues. He has a 4.61 ERA in 185.2 major-league innings. Nineteen of those appearances have been starts.

Nieve last appeared in the big leagues in 2010 with the New York Mets. He had a 6.00 ERA in 42 innings that season. Nieve is a native of Venezuela.


Other News And Notes

- A's 2013 seventh-round pick Dustin Driver made his professional debut on August 1st and appeared in a second game on August 4th with the AZL A's. Driver tossed a scoreless inning on the 1st and he allowed three runs in one inning on the 4th.

- A's 2013 third-round pick Ryon Healy had five hits in seven at-bats with the Vermont Lake Monsters over the weekend. Healy has spent time at both third and first base since joining the Lake Monsters. He is batting .306 in nine games with Vermont.

- Midland left-hander Carlos Hernandez lowered his season ERA to 2.21 with a brilliant eight-inning start on Saturday. Hernandez allowed a run on two hits and one walk while striking out 10. Hernandez has a 1.01 ERA over his last 10 starts.

- Sacramento right-hander Bruce Billings earned his 11th win on Sunday night in the River Cats' 3-1 defeat of the Round Rock Express. Billings allowed a run on four hits in 7.2 innings of work. He struck-out eight and walked one. Billings has worked into the eighth inning in each of his last three starts and has allowed five runs in 23 innings over that stretch.

- Stockton shortstop Addison Russell connected on his 12th homer of the season on Sunday night in the Ports' 9-7 loss to Modesto. Russell has five doubles, two triples and three homeruns over his last 10 games.


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