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OAKLAND -- Dan Straily is on his way to Oakland. Straily is 5-2, with a 1.36 ERA in eight games with Sacramento. In 53 innings for the River Cats, he has 67 strikeouts, 14 walks and a 0.77 WHIP. Straily last pitched on July 28 -- which puts him on turn for a Thursday start. The River Cats starter for Thursday is listed as "TBD" and usually they like to make a big deal out of it when the budding young ace pitches at home.
Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser first reported the move Thursday morning. Straily, 23, leads all of professional baseball with 175 strikeouts this season. He started the year in Double-A Midland where he was selected as a Texas League All-Star before being promoted to Triple-A on June 21.
So far, a corresponding roster move has not been announced.UPDATE at 12:10 p.m.: A team source has confirmed that Dan Straily will start Friday night against Toronto in place of Travis Blackley.
Bartolo Colon and Travis Blackley are the next two pitchers scheduled to start. There were no apparent issues with any of the team's starting pitchers as of the conclusion of Wednesday's game. To make matters more confusing Brandon McCarthy looks like could be ready to return sometime next week. It was however a matter of time before Straily was going to make it to the big leagues. Last time I was in Sacramento, River Cats pitching coach Scott Emerson told me that Straily has big league stuff without a doubt, adding that he has four pitches that are all Major League caliber. Part of Straily's arsenal are a top-to-bottom curveball, late slider, and a devastating change-up.If you want to find out more about Straily, I did a one-on-one interview with him not long ago.Straily is good friends with A's starting pitcher A.J. Griffin and they roomed together in the Minor Leagues. It would be a good story to see them re-united in Oakland. More to come.