OAKLAND -- Left-hander Dallas Braden's infected left ankle prevented him from making his scheduled start on Wednesday, prompting the A's to make two roster moves. Neither involved Braden, Oakland's Opening Night starter, being placed on the disabled list. Right-hander Chad Reineke was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento to make a spot start for Braden in the third game of a four-game series against the visiting Rangers, and roster room was created for Reineke by optioning outfielder Eric Patterson to Sacramento.
"It's just going to be one start," Braden said of his absence from the rotation. "[I'll be back] five days from now." Braden's ankle suffered an allergic reaction to a neoprene brace he'd been wearing, and the subsequent infection led to inflammation in the area where his foot meets his ankle. "I started feeling it the morning before my previous start, but I pitched through it," he said. "The next morning, though, it was tough to handle, and the next day they had to drain it and lance it. ... Painful, to quite painful. "The biggest problem is flexion. If I can't flex it up and down, I can't push off and drag it." Reineke, 27, was 5-4 with two saves and a 4.37 ERA in 24 games -- 16 starts -- with Sacramento. He moved between the bullpen and the starting rotation the first two months of the season before settling into a permanent spot in the rotation May 31. While making his 12 most recent appearances in the Minors as a starter, Reineke went 5-3 with a 4.09 ERA, allowing a .249 opponents' batting average, including .199 against right-handed hitters. He was acquired by the A's from the San Diego organization for cash considerations on April 2 after making his Major League debut with the Padres last year, posting a 2-1 record and a 5.00 ERA in four games, three starts. Patterson, whom the A's said would be their everyday center fielder in the wake of the Matt Holliday trade, was recalled from Sacramento on July 24 for his second stint with the A's this year and was 4-for 22 (.182) with four RBIs in 10 games since his return. He's batting .167 with four RBIs in 12 games overall with Oakland. "He'll still get a chance," said A's manager Bob Geren. "It's just a case of unfortunate timing for him right now." Braden is confident that with just a little more time, his ankle will allow him to do what he didn't feel he'd be able to do Wednesday. "I'm not going to go out [tonight] and run the risk of not being at my best," he said. "I'm not going to hurt the team."
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.