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Ross Sent Back to Sacramento; Figueroa Up

June 17, 2012

Tyson Ross had one start with Oakland and while he didn’t pitch that poorly he didn’t convince A’s brass that he was a better option in the rotation than say Travis Blackley in his one outing. Ross was sent down to Sacramento, which was not entirely surprising with Brandon McCarthy expected to rejoin the rotation on Tuesday against Los Angeles, and will be replaced with additional support for the bullpen in the form of Pedro Figueroa.

Figueroa appeared in eight games of relief work for the A’s earlier this season, throwing nine innings of 2.00 ERA but 6.74 FIP baseball care of awful peripherals: 3.0 K/9, 9.0 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9 (basically, three K’s, nine walks and a dinger). His out of this world 95.6% strand rate and his microscopic .217 BABIP have helped him avoid disaster despite an epic lack of control. On the year in Sacramento it has been a different story for the lanky lefty as his 1.96 ERA is very much in line with his 1.95 FIP as he has totaled 9.3 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and no home runs in 18 1/3 innings of work for the River Cats.

Not much to say about this move. Not sure it was worth burning Evan Scribner of all people for one game of Tyson Ross. I’m a bit surprised at how far out of favor Fautino De Los Santos seems to have fallen. A guy talked about as a potential closer for the A’s this year now instead languishes at Sacramento despite some good numbers: (ignoring a very messy 7.66 ERA care of a high .411 BABIP and low 56.5% strand rate) 3.38 FIP, 9.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9. These seem comparable to Figueroa at Sacramento but for whatever reason De Los Santos doesn’t receive the call back to the Bay.

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