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Godfrey Optioned, Figueroa Recalled

April 21, 2012

Pedro Figueroa, long on the 40-man roster past when I thought he still would be was impressive in spring training. He also was impressive to start the year in Sacramento with 10.3 K/9 (though 5.1 BB/9) in seven innings of shutout work for the River Cats. Either the A’s were very enamored of him, or they were very nonplussed with Graham Godfrey as Godfrey was demoted today following a tough outing against the Indians on Friday night. Figueroa becomes a fourth left-handed arm in the A’s bullpen joining Jerry Blevins, Brian Fuentes and Jordan Norberto – too many southpaws for one pen if you ask me.

On the other hand I am not entirely sure what this all means for the fifth starter spot as the A’s should need their fifth starter for the game to end the White Sox series next week, but regardless Godfrey looked pretty bad. In sixteen innings, he owned a 5.06 ERA with a 5.35 FIP. As he failed to K many (3.9 K/9), succeeded in walking a slew of batters (3.9 BB/9) and surrendered a decent number of HR’s (1.1 HR/9). He has a remarkable BABIP of .245 but was not able to capitalize on it as he allowed runner after runner to reach via the walk, and didn’t miss enough bats. His 4.4% swinging strike percentage was less than half the league average (9.0%) and was bettered even by notorious already for not missing bats Tommy Milone at 5.8%.

I have to assume this move portends a call up of either Jarrod Parker or Brad Peacock both of whom have looked very good for the River Cats in this short 2012 season.

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