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What Exactly is Bartolo Colon’s Role on the 2013 Oakland Athletics?

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Following Friday’s 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros, the Oakland Athletics sent pitcher Dan Straily (who notched 11 strikeouts over 6.2 in the game) to Triple-A Sacramento.

The move was expected, and had to be done in order to reinstate pitcher Bartolo Colon, who will take the hill against Bud Norris in Saturday’s game. Colon is serving a 50-game suspension dating back to last season’s PED violation ended after Friday’s contest.

As discussed recently, there’s reason to assume that 24-year old Straily will end up being a significant contributor to the 2013 A’s pitching staff, especially considering how strong he looked against Houston in last night’s game. Manager Bob Melvin told A’s beat writer Susan Slusser that Straily’s performance was “probably the best we’ve seen Dan pitch here”, in his first start of the season.

In related news, first baseman Brandon Moss re-joined the team in Houston today after spending Friday away from the team with his wife, who is expecting a child. Though the baby was not born yet, Moss is in tonight’s lineup, and will presumably be keeping very close attention to whether or not he has to head to the hospital anytime soon.

For Colon, who didn’t look particularly strong in Spring Training, there’s really no telling what this season will hold for him. It makes sense to expect him to hold down a rotation spot as long as he’s effective, but with the A’s, you just never know. The team did trade Travis Blackley, a fan favorite and charismatic part of the bullpen, to the Astros earlier this week, so it’s generally pretty hard to predict what they’ll do at any given time.

Adrian Garro is an Oakland Athletics writer for Follow him on Twitter and/ or add him to your network on Google.