Brooks is an option to make a spot start Monday against the Rays, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Brooks would be nothing if not well rested, considering he's logged just one appearance since May 16, and a one-inning outing at that. The right-hander does have plenty of starting experience, however, and his first six appearances of 2019 were actually in that capacity. The 29-year-old right-hander also covered four innings as a bulk reliever on May 11 against the Indians, leaving open the possibility he could alternatively be deployed similarly versus Tampa behind an opener.
Brooks came out of the bullpen and pitched the final inning of Thursday's 17-3 win over the Tigers, serving up three runs on three hits while striking out two. After making his first six outings of the season as a starter, Brooks has been used in relief in both of his appearances thus far in May. With the Athletics listing Daniel Mengden as their starter for Saturday, it appears safe to conclude that he's displaced Brooks in the rotation. Brooks' usage in the ninth inning of a blowout suggests he won't be in line for much more than a mop-up role out of the Oakland bullpen.
Brooks will not start Saturday's game against the Indians with Liam Hendriks working as an opener. Brooks was listed as Saturday's starter, so while he will not be on the mound for the first pitch, he still figures to be counted on to pitch the majority of the innings in the game.
Brooks is scheduled to make his next start Saturday against the Indians. Brooks will return to the mound for the first time since April 30 after a pair of off days allowed the Athletics to rearrange their pitching schedule and temporarily get by with a four-man rotation. He'll re-enter the fray for the second game of the series with Cleveland, looking to even his 2-3 record on the season. Poor run support hasn't been the cause of his troubles in those starts, as his 5.74 ERA and 1.34 WHIP illustrate.
Brooks allowed three earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven across five innings Wednesday against the Rangers. He did not factor into the decision. Brooks had a strong outing soured mostly by two home runs. The rest of his line was fairly impressive, highlighted by 14 swinging strikes and zero free passes. Brooks has had wild swings in results early on, allowing five earned runs in two of his five starts, but recording a quality start in two others.