As has been the case all season, the Oakland A's struggles continue to impact the roster of their Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. On Friday, the Sounds lost their scheduled starter -- Brad Mills -- when the A's purchased his contract to make a spot start against the Baltimore Orioles.
Mills performed admirably, allowing three runs in five innings in a game the A's would eventually lose, 8-6, in 13 innings. In that game, the A's scored twice in the top of the ninth to force extra-innings, but were unable to score again, losing on a walk-off homer by Manny Machado. RHP Aaron Brooks allowed the homer to Machado. Normally a starter, Brooks was forced into action as a reliever when the A's ran out of available pitchers in the bullpen. He gave-up the homer on his second pitch of the evening.
With the A's needing pitching reinforcements on Saturday, the team designated Mills for assignment and sent Brooks to Nashville. In their place, Oakland re-called two relievers from Nashville: switch-pitcher Pat Venditte and RHP Dan Otero. That left the Sounds short-handed over the weekend, as Nashville was also without RHP Taylor Thompson, who had been designated for assignment on Friday to make room for Mills on the 40-man roster.
The A's announced later in the weekend that Thompson had cleared waivers and he was outrighted to Nashville. On Monday, the A's made the same announcement regarding Mills, meaning both pitchers remain in the A's organization as non-roster players. Nashville also added LHP Sean Nolin off of the disabled list over the weekend. He pitched on Saturday, throwing two scoreless innings. Nolin had been on the DL with a left shoulder strain.
Oakland's Double-A affiliate, the Midland RockHounds, also has had some roster shuffling. OF Chad Oberacker was activated off of the disabled list on Monday, while third baseman Renato Nunez landed on the DL. Nunez hadn't played since August 6 because of a hamstring injury. 1B/OF Anthony Aliotti was placed on the temporary inactive list on Friday, as well.