86 pitches thru 5 inns isnt horrible, but not great either. I havent seen any news or updates, so my guess is the A's are simply being careful. I didnt see any of the game, but: could have been for pinch hitting reasons (it was 0-0 game until the 7th), heart of Boston's order due up, a combo of the two..... With only a fastball and change up in the arsenal for now, and just playing Boston last week, they may have begun figuring him out...
At least this what I'm telling myself at this point. I'm hoping for a few more starts before the inevitable, or at least so I can offer him up in a trade.
C I Rodríguez 1B D Lee 2B K Matsui 3B A Ramírez SS J Rollins
OF A Soriano, G Sheffield, J Francoeur; UT O Cabrera; BN J Votto RWeeks
RP F Rodríguez, T Hoffman, K Gregg, K Wood, M Accosta
SP R Harden, A Harang, J Shields, E Santana, J Beckett