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The A’s optioned left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, and it was not a conversation that manager Bob Melvin enjoyed.
"What do you even say to a guy like that? Not only has he been terrific in his last 10 starts," Melvin said, "but he's meant a lot to us for three years now."
Milone, 27, was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA over his last 11 outings and has won 31 of his 73 starts over three seasons with the A's.
"He was a little bit shocked, understandably so," Melvin said. "You haven't seen the last of Tommy Milone here."
The move clears a 25-man roster spot for Jeff Samardzija, who is expected to arrive at the Coliseum in the early innings of Saturday's game after being acquired from the Cubs.
Milone was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA and .245 opponents batting average in 16 starts for the A’s after starting the year 0-3 with a 5.86 ERA.
The A’s will need to make another roster move to clear space for Jason Hammel, who is expected to report to Oakland on Sunday.