A's will continue employing six-man rotation through brutal stretch

A's will continue employing six-man rotation through brutal stretch

OAKLAND -- The A's currently have six starting pitchers for five spots. For now, it appears Bob Melvin is happy to use all six.

The Oakland manager confirmed that left-hander Sean Manaea will make his second start of the season Sunday against the Tigers, pushing right-hander Mike Fiers back a day to Monday.

"Fluid I think is the word we use these days," Melvin joked. "At this point, during this stretch that we have, it's going to look more like a six than a five."

The stretch Melvin is referring to consists of 16 consecutive games without a day off from Sept. 3-18. He believes his starting pitchers will benefit from an extra day of rest.

"Yeah, I do. Most of these guys have been making their starts all year. I don't think when we signed Brett (Anderson) that we expected this many starts. So I think any time, this time of the season, that you can give some rest and not jeopardize performance, I think it's the right thing to do."

Manaea was extremely impressive in his season debut Sunday against the Yankees. The 27-year-old tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts in his first game since undergoing shoulder surgery last September.

"I like the fact that he put up zeros and really looked like when we saw him at his best," Melvin said. "Velo was a little bit higher than we saw most of last year, the changeup was terrific, and he threw just enough sliders to make sure it was a three-pitch mix. So we couldn't have expected more out of his first start."

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Homer Bailey will start Friday's game against the Tigers, followed by Chris Bassitt on Saturday, Manaea on Sunday, and Fiers on Monday. Tanner Roark will likely pitch Tuesday.

As long as the A's keep getting strong production from their starting pitching, there's no need to remove anyone from the rotation.

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

The A's aren't playing it safe with 2019 first-round draft pick Logan Davidson.

The No. 29 overall pick is among 10 non-roster players the A's invited to spring training Friday.

Davidson, a shortstop, isn't on the A's 40-man roster, but the invite will give him a chance to compete in big league camp. Barring an incredible showing in the Cactus League, the A's No. 7 prospect won't break camp with the A's. But this opportunity allows him to try to impress A's coaches.

In 54 games with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Davidson slashed .239/.345/.332 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

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The other invitee to keep an eye on in camp is A's No. 6 prospect Nick Allen. While small in stature, the middle infielder is an incredible defensive player and could find himself playing for the A's at some point in 2020. While Marcus Semien is blocking Allen's path at shortstop, the 21-year-old could get a look at second base if none of the other in-house options pan out for Oakland.

Three other top-30 prospects were invited to spring training: Outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (No. 22) and right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee (No. 24).

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo


MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

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Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.