PHOENIX – The desire to get lefty Felix Doubront more rest for his ailing right foot was the motivation for the A’s promoting Aaron Brooks and plugging him in to start Saturday night against the Diamondbacks.
Doubront, who has been pushed back to Monday, left his last start after just two innings after taking a comebacker off his right foot and suffering a contusion. He said before Saturday’s game that he still has some soreness in his foot, and that the extra rest will do him good regarding both his pitching and ability to field his position.
As a result, Brooks is back a few days ahead of Tuesday’s September roster expansion, when he likely would have returned anyway. He pitched well in two starts with the A’s in early August after being acquired from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist deal, including notching his first major league win against the Indians. Then he got tagged for eight runs in 1 2/3 innings at Toronto and gave up a walk-off home run in relief at Baltimore before being shipped back to Triple-A on Aug. 15.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said at the time that Brooks' performance didn’t necessarily earn the demotion.
It was more that the A’s needed bullpen reinforcements. In any case, Brooks is back with Oakland now with another chance to thrust himself into the rotation picture moving forward.
“It’s a mix of pitches (that’s key for him),” Melvin said. “For a young guy he’s really got some mound presence, a lot of confidence out on the mound.”