By Jason Wojciechowski on June 29, 2009 at 1:21 AM
Sigh. Looks like Tommy John surgery for Josh Outman. Outman and Braden have been a toss-up as the ace of the staff so far this year, and while Vin Mazzaro has pitched well, he's up in what was supposed to be Dana Eveland's spot. Gio Gonzalez is now going to have to step up because it's more or less clear that Dana Eveland is not a major-league starter. Beyond Gio, we're looking at the likes of Edgar Gonzalez, the recently signed Shawn Chacon, Sean Gallagher, and Jerome Williams. Gonzalez has the most potential of this group, but he's probably also the least likely to reach his upside. I'm guessing that by mid-August, Oakland will be living with Sean Gallagher's mediocrity out of the fifth spot in the rotation after finally giving up on Gio for the last time.