A's Option Three To Triple-A

On Saturday afternoon, the Oakland A's announced three roster moves, essentially setting their 25-man roster for Tuesday's home opener versus the Boston Red Sox.

Minutes after the Oakland A's finished off the San Francisco Giants in a 6-2 exhibition victory, the team announced three roster moves. The team optioned outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Jeff Fiorentino and southpaw Dallas Braden to Triple-A Sacramento. These moves all but set the A's roster for the Tuesday home opener.

Gonzalez and Fiorentino figure to be regular outfielders for the Sacramento River Cats at the start of the season, but both will likely see some major-league time this season. Gonzalez was on the A's inactive list when the A's were in Japan. He stayed back in Phoenix to rehab a hamstring injury and it was thought that the A's were going to give Gonzalez a chance to win a spot on the roster this weekend with San Francisco. Gonzalez started both Bay Bridge Series games in center for Oakland, but he went 0-6 with an error.

Gonzalez's demotion to Triple-A might not be a long one, however, as he is considered the A's top position prospect still in the minors now that Daric Barton is in the major leagues.

Fiorentino was on the A's active roster in Japan and he collected an RBI in Game Two of that series. The versatile outfielder impressed the A's with his defense and hustle this spring. Fiorentino has had stints in the major leagues with Baltimore and now with Oakland, but this will be his first time at Triple-A.

Braden will be returning to Sacramento after spending last year going back-and-forth between Triple-A and the majors. Braden will likely be in the River Cats' rotation and will remain stretched out in case the A's need a starter due to injury early in the year. Braden traveled with the team to Japan and appeared in the exhibition games, but did not appear in the two games versus the Red Sox.

Dana Eveland has won the A's fifth starter spot and it appears that Ryan Sweeney and Chris Denorfia will share time in center. Rule 5 pick Fernando Hernandez makes the team as a reliever.

As it stands now, it appears this will be the A's home opener roster:

Daric Barton
Bobby Crosby
Mark Ellis
Jack Hannahan
Dan Johnson
Donnie Murphy
Mike Sweeney

Rob Bowen
Kurt Suzuki

Emil Brown
Travis Buck
Jack Cust
Chris Denorfia
Ryan Sweeney

Joe Blanton
Andrew Brown
Santiago Casilla
Lenny DiNardo
Justin Duchscherer
Alan Embree
Dana Eveland
Keith Foulke
Rich Harden
Fernando Hernandez
Huston Street

Disabled List
Kiko Calero (60-day)
Eric Chavez
Chad Gaudin

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