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Tommy Milone optioned to Triple-A Sacramento

Posted: August 4, 2013 5:23 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2013 5:23 p.m.

Oakland Athletics pitcher and former Saugus Centurion Tommy Milone was sent down to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Saturday.

 

Second-year Oakland Athletics pitcher and Saugus High graduate Tommy Milone was optioned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Saturday.

This send-down marks the first for the 26-year-old left-handed pitcher since he made his Major League debut with the Washington Nationals at the end of the 2011 season.

Prior to the 2012 season, he was traded to the Athletics, where he started 31 games last year and 22 so far this season.

In Milone’s place, Oakland recalled right-handed reliever Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento.

This doesn’t necessarily mean a permanent demotion for Milone, who remains on the Athletics’ 40-man roster, which means he can be called up again at any point.

Milone is 9-9 this season with a 4.39 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 33 walks in 133 1/3 innings pitched this year and he’s coming off a losing start in which he gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings on Friday against the Texas Rangers.

He’s been acting as the team's fifth starter this year, and due to off days, the Athletics won’t need a No. 5 starter for more than a week.

In 2012, Milone cemented his spot in the starting lineup and finished 13-10 with a 3.74 ERA to help the Athletics win the American League West and advance to the playoffs.

Milone started a game in the AL Division Series against the Detroit Tigers and allowed one run in six innings, but ended up with a no-decision.

After Saugus, Milone played at USC and was drafted by the Nationals in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.

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