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Athletics option left-hander Tommy Milone to Triple-A

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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 02: Manager Bob Melvin #6 of the Oakland Athletics takes the ball from pitcher Tommy Milone #57 taking him out of the game in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at O.co Coliseum on August 2, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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On the heels of being knocked around for six runs over 3 2/3 innings last night in a loss to the Rangers, Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

Milone surprised with a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts last season, but he has taken a step back his year, posting a 4.39 ERA through 22 starts. The 26-year-old gave up two home runs last night, bringing his total to 22 over 133 1/3 innings. He allowed 24 in 190 innings last year. Not surprisingly, most of his struggles have come on the road, as he has a 5.00 ERA in 12 starts away from O.co Coliseum.

The Athletics have called up right-handed reliever Evan Scribner to replace Milone on the active roster. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle estimates that the A’s won’t need a fifth starter again until August 13. Milone could return at that time, though the A’s could opt to give Sonny Gray the opportunity. Brett Anderson is gearing up for a rehab assignment following a stress fracture in his foot, so he should be an option for the rotation before long.