According to Ken Rosenthal, the Oakland Athletics have made the expected move of inserting Tyson Ross into the starting rotation. Dallas Braden was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a stiff left shoulder, leaving him unavailable until at least May 1.
If Braden were only gone the minimum time, that would open up two starts. Ross can be expected to start Friday on the road against the Mariners and then a week from Wednesday on the road against the Angels. Braden was particularly concerned about the shoulder, so I would not expect him back when the 15 days is up.
A’s relievers Michael Wuertz and Andrew Bailey are both eligible to come off the DL, which means there will be roster moves to be made. Wuertz is making rehab appearances, while Bailey is still working on throwing off a mound in general. Bobby Cramer, Brad Ziegler and Jerry Blevins all have options available when Wuertz and Bailey are healthy. Recently acquired David Purcey is out of options.