The A’s announced on Saturday that they optioned starting pitcher Graham Godfrey to Triple-A Sacramento. The right-hander struggled in his brief stint with Oakland, posting a 0-3 record with a 5.06 ERA. Moreover, the A’s righty had suffered through command issues as well.
Oakland’s No.4 starter walked five batters in his last start coming on Friday against the Indians. He recorded a 3.94 BB/9 rate over his three starts this season in Oakland’s rotation. The A’s called up pitcher Pedro Figueroa from the River Cats. The team seemingly wants a little extra help in the bullpen and Figueroa figures to help out in that regard.
The A’s will, however, need help in their rotation once their series with the White Sox begins. According to Eric Gilmore of MLB.com, the A’s may look to add pitcher Jarrod Parker to the mix of starting pitchers the A’s currently have on the roster.
Parker, as most of you will remember, came over to Oakland in the deal that sent Trevor Cahill to Arizona this past winter. The A’s have other options too, though. Guys like Brad Peacock come to mind when thinking about possible candidates to fill in for Godfrey.
Surprisingly, Godfrey didn’t seem at all bugged by the whole demotion thing. The A’s expect to see more of Godfrey during the season, but for right now, the team is looking at all their options for starting pitching.