OAKLAND -- The A's made an unexpected roster move Thursday when they optioned Dan Otero to Triple-A Sacramento. But the A's don't figure to be without their right-handed reliever for long.

Major League rosters expand on Sept. 1, and Otero is expected to be up then, if not sooner.

In talking about the move, A's general manager Billy Beane told this newspaper that the A's were "not on the verge of a trade."

It's likely the A's will activate first baseman Kyle Blanks and/or outfielder Craig Gentry before Friday's start of a three-game series with the first place Angels in the Coliseum.

A longer shot, but not entirely out of the question, would be the A's picking up a player from another organization on a waiver claim.

Otero has been one of the A's most consistent relievers with a 7-1 record and 2.28 ERA in 56 games and 71 innings. The A's apparently made the move because Otero had an option they could use, keeping him in the organization and making him eligible to be recalled in 10 days when rosters expand.



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