On Saturday, the Oakland A's celebrated the outstanding efforts of their minor league players in…
A's Trim Spring Roster Again
Mortensen, who was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals last July, entered his first big league camp with the A's with an outside chance to break camp as the team's fifth starter. However, he allowed nine runs in six innings and effectively took himself out of the running. He is expected to be in the Sacramento rotation this season.
De Los Santos, in his first big league camp, also struggled badly. He allowed 12 runs (eight earned) in only 1.2 innings of work. De Los Santos is attempting a comeback from Tommy John surgery, which he had performed in May 2008. He pitched a handful of innings for the A's Rookie League team in 2009, but otherwise was pitching his first competitive in-game innings since the surgery. A starter before the surgery, De Los Santos is expected to be a reliever either for High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland this season.
Figueroa was also in his first big league spring training camp after being added to the team's 40-man roster this fall. The hard-throwing lefty acquitted himself well, tossing four scoreless innings. Figueroa will be competing in minor league camp for a spot in the Midland rotation. He pitched for Low-A Kane County and Stockton last season.
Cassevah was selected by the A's in the Rule 5 draft in December. The team like his high groundball rate with Double-A Arkansas last season. However, the A's bullpen is very deep and he was given only two chances to pitch in big league games this spring before being offered back to the Angels. Cassevah allowed a run in two innings in those appearances. He was acquired in the Rule 5 draft for a $50,000 fee. The Angels accepted the return of Cassevah, so he is back in that organization.
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