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Pitchers Edgar Gonzalez and Chris Schroder to join A's in Tampa Bay; Oakland announces six player moves today05/19/2009 3:10 PM ET
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics announced today they have selected right-handed pitchers Edgar Gonzalez and Chris Schroeder from Sacramento, and have optioned pitchers Sean Gallagher and Gio Gonzalez to their Triple-A franchise. In other roster moves, the team has transferred third baseman Eric Chavez to the 60-day disabled list and has released outfielder Javier Herrera.
Gonzalez, signed to a minor league contract by Oakland Feb. 9, was 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA in seven starts for Sacramento this season. He had allowed 48 hits and 23 runs (all earned) in 39.2 innings for the River Cats, striking out 27 and walking 16 batters. The Monterrey, Mexico native earned his third win of the season in his last outing on Saturday, yielding seven hits and one run in 5.2 innings with four strikeouts and two walks in Sacramento's 8-3 victory over visiting Round Rock (Tex.).
The 26-year-old righthander opened both the 2007 and 2008 seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks' starting rotation. He posted a 14-21 record and 5.97 ERA in 80 games (35 starts) for Arizona during the 2004-08 seasons. His best year in the majors came in 2007 when he had an 8-4 mark and 5.03 ERA in 32 games, including 12 starts.
Schroder, 30, signed a free agent contract with the A's Nov. 19, 2008, and has fashioned a 2-1 record and 2.37 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Sacramento this season. The 6-1, 210-pound veteran has allowed 10 hits and five runs in 19.0 innings, striking out 18 and walking 10 batters while picking up a team-high three saves. He has held Pacific Coast League hitters to a .147 batting average. His last appearance was also in Saturday's win against Round Rock, as he threw 1.1 scoreless innings allowing one hit with one walk and one strikeout.
Making his major league debut with Washington in 2006, Schroder pitched in 62 games for the Nationals over the past three seasons. He rang up 85 strikeouts in 78.2 innings (9.72 per nine innings) and struck out seven consecutive batters over a two-game stretch from Sept. 17-23, 2006 which tied a Washington franchise record. His best ML season came in 2007 when he posted a 2-3 record and 3.18 ERA in 37 games and 45.1 innings.
Gallagher was tagged for nine runs, seven earned, in last night's 13-4 loss at Tampa Bay, as the 23-year-old righthander yielded five walks, three hits and a wild pitch before being lifted from the game in the third inning. It was his first start of the season with Oakland, but now leaves for Sacramento with a 1-2 record and 8.16 ERA in six games and 14.1 innings of work.
Gio Gonzalez, who was recalled from Sacramento only yesterday, returns to the Athletics' Triple-A franchise after pitching 3.2 innings in relief last night. He was touched for four runs and six hits during his appearance against the Rays, striking out six and walking three. The 23-year-old lefthander recorded a 0-1 mark and 7.27 ERA in two relief appearances for the A's this season.
Chavez, the six-time Gold Glove third baseman, has battled injuries for past two-plus seasons. He was most recently placed on the 15-day disabled list May 1, retroactive to April 25, with a strained right forearm. He also experienced back spasms on May 10 and an MRI the next day revealed a bulging disk. Thus far this season, Chavez was batting .100 (3 for 30) with one double and one RBI in eight games.
Herrera, who has played in Oakland's minor league system the past eight years, appeared in only one game (April 9) this year and was currently on the 7-day disabled list with Double-A Midland.
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