Dallas Braden instead of Halsey?

By Jason Wojciechowski on April 23, 2007 at 12:22 PM

In this entry, we noted that Susan Slusser was calling "Halsey" as the guy who'd pitch for Rich Harden on Tuesday.

Here, though, Melissa Lockard at Scout.com says that Dallas Braden has gotten the call. The language used is definitive, rather than the speculation Slusser was using in the blog, but it seems a little weird. Halsey is available and on the 40-man, while bringing Braden up would require a (40-man) roster move. Candidates for removal might be:

  • Scott Dunn, a 29-year old reliever with, it seems, good stuff (lots of strikeouts) but no command (lots of walks)
  • Shane Komine, who's already 26 and probably doesn't have a career outside middle relief in the majors
  • Dan Meyer, who turned 26 without any of us looking and who, according to this site, hasn't pitched yet this year.
  • Jeremy "Jeans" Brown

Of course, then there's the fact that this would be starting the proverbial clock on Braden, something the A's are unlikely to do if they consider him a prospect of any worth.