A's send down Tommy Milone

Milone frank when describing his outing against Rangers

A's send down Tommy Milone
August 3, 2013, 10:00 am
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Tommy Mione has a 3.67 ERA in Oakland, but a 5.00 ERA on the road. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Evan Scribner is 0-0 with a 5.30 ERA in 18.2 innings for the A's this year. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- Evan Scribner received a phone call in his Sacramento hotel room at 8:30 Saturday morning.

"We need you today," A's manager Bob Melvin told the then-triple A relief pitcher. "Pack your stuff."

Scribner packed, jumped in his car, battled weekend traffic and arrived at the O.co Coliseum in time for stretch as he and left-handed starter Tommy Milone switched places on the 25-man roster.

With the A's having off days next Monday and Thursday, a fifth starter is not needed for awhile. And with Milone's troubles on the mound lately contributing to a taxed A's bullpen, the move made sense for the parent club.

"With (Dan) Otero, who's been our length guy, throwing as many pitches as he did yesterday we're using (Jesse) Chavez a bit differently now," Melvin said. "So you get into an extra-inning game today, you don't want to get caught short.

"When you're sending a guy like Tommy Milone down, it means you have some good pitching. And we do."

Milone took the loss Friday night after giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings.

[RECAP: Rangers 8, A's 3]

"I haven't really pulled my weight lately," Milone said.

"They didn't really say anything they wanted me to work on specifically, but I kind of have an idea, just based on performances and how I've pitched. I've just got to be more consistent."

Said Melvin: "We still have a lot of confidence in Tommy and he's still a big part of this team. He's just not here right now."

This is Scribner's third tour with the A's this season. The right-hander has 12 appearances with Oakland and a 5.30 ERA without a decision. In Sacramento, Scribner was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 25 appearances with the Triple-A River Cats.

"He's a very versatile bullpen piece," Melvin said.

Scribner was on the A's Opening Day roster and acknowledged the frustration associated with being shuttled back and forth.

"It's always fun to pack up your whole life in an hour," Scribner said with a smile. "But I'm used to it by now."