Fuentes Steams Over In-Game Management
Fuentes believes he has been mishandled.
Fuentes believes he has been mishandled.

Posted May 24, 2011


Brian Fuentes has taken the loss in each of his last four relief outings, a new Oakland A's record. Although he has served as the closer for the A's in Andrew Bailey's absence, Fuentes' losses have all come in non-save situations. After being called upon in the eighth inning of a tie game on Monday, Fuentes fumed about his manager's in-game decision-making.

After the Oakland A's sixth straight loss, which came Monday in Anaheim, Brian Fuentes popped off about A's manager Bob Geren, and it wasn't pretty.

"Pretty poorly" is how Fuentes said he has been handled by Geren, and there has been "zero" communication, according to the reliever.

Fuentes has been the closer with Andrew Bailey shelved, but apparently no longer. Geren said he would have used Grant Balfour, who allowed the game-tying homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, as the closer Monday night, but there was no need. The A's lost 4-1 to the Angels.

Fuentes is 1-7 on the season with the most losses in the league. He's not happy how he's being used. Though a closer, he entered four straight games with the score tied, the first three in extra innings.

Fuentes hasn't had a save situation since May 8. Monday's stint came in the eighth inning with the score 1-1. He faced two batters, and one reached. Then he was replaced by Michael Wuertz, who surrendered an RBI double to Torii Hunter and two-run single to Jeff Mathis.

"The games in San Francisco were unorthodox managing," Fuentes said. "I thought it was a National League thing. But (Monday) was pretty unbelievable."

When Fuentes got the call to pitch the eighth, he was stunned.

"I thought he misspoke. I thought it was some sort of miscommunication," Fuentes said.

"You can't try to guess along with them. Very unpredictable."

The veteran said he isn't the only guy with issues with Geren.

"I don't think anybody knows what direction he's headed," Fuentes said.


A's News and Notes

--Overshadowed by Fuentes' rant at the end of the game was the work of starter Josh Outman, who threw seven innings of one-run ball Monday and exited with the score tied 1-1. It was his first big-league appearance since June 19, 2009, having rehabbed from Tommy John surgery. He walked his first batter, Angels 2B Maicer Izturis, on five pitches, which led to the only run he surrendered. Izturis advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a grounder up the middle. Subbing for injured starter Brandon McCarthy, Outman has earned the right to remain in the rotation.

-- Conor Jackson made his first professional start at third base and played flawless defense. He was tested early. The Angels' second batter, Erick Aybar, put down a bunt, and Jackson threw him out. Geren said he might play Jackson at third again Tuesday.

--Andrew Bailey (right forearm strain) is nearing his return to the big leagues, and his return can't come soon enough. The right-hander threw a scoreless inning Monday for Triple-A Sacramento, allowing just one runner on a hit-by-pitch. He struck out one. He could return to the A's later this week.

-- Kevin Kouzmanoff remained out with a tight groin, but he's hitting and hoping he can return to the lineup soon. "It's gotten a whole lot better since I tweaked it two days ago," Kouzmanoff said Monday. So far, it's a down year for Kouzmanoff, who's hitting .154 over his last 15 games and committed his seventh error of the season Saturday.

-- Guillermo Moscoso will start Tuesday against the Angels, Geren said. Moscoso, who was 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA for Sacramento, is replacing Tyson Ross (oblique strain). Moscoso was acquired by the A's from the Rangers in a minor league deal in January. The right-hander briefly pitched in the big leagues for Texas in 2009 and 2010.

--Jerry Blevins was designated for assignment, and the A's intend to return him to Sacramento. He was removed from the 25-man roster to make room for Outman. In two stints with the A's this season, Blevins had no decisions and a 4.40 ERA in 15 appearances.



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