A's Trim Spring Roster Again

For the second consecutive day, the Oakland A's trimmed their spring roster. This time, the A's optioned three players to the minor leagues and offered Rule 5 pick Bobby Cassevah back to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The A's now have 49 players in big league camp.

On Monday, the Oakland A's announced that they were optioning right-hander Clayton Mortensen to Triple-A Sacramento and right-hander Fautino De Los Santos and left-hander Pedro Figueroa to Double-A Midland. The A's also offered back Rule 5 pick Bobby Cassevah to his original team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Mortensen, who was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals last July, entered his first big league camp with the A's with an outside chance to break camp as the team's fifth starter. However, he allowed nine runs in six innings and effectively took himself out of the running. He is expected to be in the Sacramento rotation this season.

De Los Santos, in his first big league camp, also struggled badly. He allowed 12 runs (eight earned) in only 1.2 innings of work. De Los Santos is attempting a comeback from Tommy John surgery, which he had performed in May 2008. He pitched a handful of innings for the A's Rookie League team in 2009, but otherwise was pitching his first competitive in-game innings since the surgery. A starter before the surgery, De Los Santos is expected to be a reliever either for High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland this season.

Figueroa was also in his first big league spring training camp after being added to the team's 40-man roster this fall. The hard-throwing lefty acquitted himself well, tossing four scoreless innings. Figueroa will be competing in minor league camp for a spot in the Midland rotation. He pitched for Low-A Kane County and Stockton last season.

Cassevah was selected by the A's in the Rule 5 draft in December. The team like his high groundball rate with Double-A Arkansas last season. However, the A's bullpen is very deep and he was given only two chances to pitch in big league games this spring before being offered back to the Angels. Cassevah allowed a run in two innings in those appearances. He was acquired in the Rule 5 draft for a $50,000 fee. The Angels accepted the return of Cassevah, so he is back in that organization.

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