OAKLAND — The A's demoted left-hander Tommy Milone to the minors on Saturday, as the result of a poor start against the Texas Rangers the night before.

Milone was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento, with Evan Scribner recalled because the A's needed bullpen depth after Dan Otero threw 3 1/3 innings of relief Friday night.

It didn't help that Milone's ERA has been steadily climbing, from 3.13 on May 7 to its current 4.39.

"It's a little of both," manager Bob Melvin said in explaining the move. "We didn't want to get caught short if we go extra innings. And Tommy has been giving up a lot of hits. Maybe his command isn't quite like it was before. And he's given up some home runs."

The A's have two days off in the next week, so they can skip Milone's spot in the rotation for one turn. They would next need a pitcher for that spot in the rotation on Aug. 12, by which time he'd be eligible to be recalled if the A's so desire.

Milone is 9-9 in his second big league season after going 13-10 in his first full big league season last year. With Brett Anderson on the disabled list he's the only left-hander in the A's rotation.

"Tommy is still a big part of this team," Melvin said. "He's still pretty good. He's just not here right now."

Scribner was in his hotel room in Sacramento when he got the call from Melvin.

"He said they needed me today, to pack and get down here," Scribner said. "It's fun to pack up your whole life in an hour. And I still made it in time for stretch."


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Scribner, who began the season with the A's, is up for the third time this season. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since May 10 when he was optioned to Sacramento.

Scribner, 27, was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA for the River Cats this year, pitching mostly in setup relief.

  • Catcher John Jaso said it's unlikely he will start with the A's on their road trip to Cincinnati and Toronto, although he's hoping to join the team sometime during the week-long trip that starts Tuesday with a visit to the Reds.

    Jaso has been out for 10 days while recovering from a concussion, with the recovery not going nearly as quickly as Jaso would like. He said he still feels ringing in his ears when he wakes up and he still feels effects from the concussion randomly.

    Jaso was due to undergo a thorough exam Saturday.

    The A's and Jaso are hoping he can get started on some on-field baseball activities. For the last 10 days he's been mostly sedentary while dealing with the three consecutive days of foul balls hitting him in the mask on the last road trip in Houston.

    "I've had concussions before, but nothing lingering like this,'' Jaso said. "I'd like to get out there and see about getting the heart rate up again."

  • The A's will have left-handed starter Brett Anderson throw another two-inning simulated game Tuesday in Stockton.

    The club's opening day starter, Anderson has been out for three months with right foot injuries, and Melvin said the club wants to make sure the foot is no longer an issue.

    Unlike his last time out, Anderson will be pitching without a protective screen in front of him during his Stockton stint.

    The club is hoping to send him out on an injury rehabilitation assignment soon and get him back in the rotation sometime later this month.