De Jong was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
De Jong was sent back to Tacoma after putting together another unimpressive start Tuesday, allowing four runs through six innings to bring his ERA to 7.40 on the year (24.1 innings). He also owns a weak 11:11 K:BB. The 23-year-old will head back to Tacoma to try and smooth things out, while Casey Lawrence is set to take his place on the roster. Lawrence and Dillon Overton are both options to start in place of De Jong on Sunday.
De Jong dealt six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four in a no-decision Tuesday against Oakland.
The A's punctured the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the second and fourth innings, but De Jong actually lowered his season's unsightly ERA to 7.40 with Tuesday's effort (four starts and two relief appearances). As a starter this year, the rookie has surrendered 17 runs over 19.2 innings while opposing hitters have battered De Jong to a .321/.385/.549 slash line. He's also served up four home runs while owning a 9:8 K:BB working out of the rotation. De Jong is scheduled to make his next start Sunday versus the White Sox.
De Jong (0-3) allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out just a single batter during Thursday's loss to Toronto.
With a 7.85 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 3.4 K/9, De Jong is proving quickly that he's not ready to start in the majors. He pitched well in Double-A last year (2.86 ERA), but the 23-year-old righty has also only made three career starts at the Triple-A level. It wouldn't be surprising to see him return to Tacoma to build up his confidence and fine-tune his game. If De Jong sticks in the rotation for another start, he lines up to face the Athletics at Safeco Field next week.
De Jong will start Thursday against the Blue Jays, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
De Jong will move up a day to replace Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder), although he will be on normal rest thanks to Monday's team off day. After a dismal outing against Cleveland in his first career start, De Jong rebounded against Texas last week, tossing six innings of one-run ball with just four hits allowed. For the season, he has six strikeouts to five walks over 13.1 innings.
De Jong didn't factor into the decision against the Rangers on Saturday but gave up just an earned run on four hits over six innings. He struck out three.
De Jong had the misfortune of poor run support while he was in there, an issue that happened to correct itself the next frame after he exited when the Mariners exploded for seven runs. The timing prevented him from notching his first major-league win, but the overall results were nevertheless encouraging. De Jong had been blown up for six earned runs on nine hits and two walks last Sunday against the Indians, firing 73 pitches in just 2.2 innings. He threw just two more Saturday in an efficient six frames, a testament to the degree of improvement he displayed. Given his performance, he should be in line for another start on the road against the Blue Jays next Thursday.
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