Originally written April 25, 2013 on BaySportsNet:
On April 5, Dan Straily donned an Oakland A’s uniform for the first time in 2013 and toed the rubber at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros. It was his first start of the infant season, a season in which Straily would look to build upon his promising rookie campaign of the previous year and become a stalwart in Oakland’s starting rotation. Straily certainly didn’t disappoint. In six-and-two-thirds innings that night, Straily was masterful, striking out eleven Astros hitters while allowing two runs on just five hits and walking none. The strikeout total was a career high, and the outing demonstrated exactly why Straily was regarded as one of the hotter pitching prospects in Oakland’s minor league system in 2012. So what was Straily’s reward for this superlative performance? Was it an extra vote of confidence from the A’s front office? Was it to have his name cemented in the big league starting rotation? Try a demotion to the minor leagues. Straily was sent down to Oakland’s A...
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