When the Oakland Athletics optioned first baseman Nate Freiman to Class A Beloit on Wednesday, it was with the understanding that Freiman will return soon, perhaps as early as Sept. 1 when major league rosters expand to 40 players. The Athletics needed to make room for left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday. Freiman was a logical choice to be sent down, with Oakland carrying just 11 pitchers and ample infield depth. Stephen Vogt, Alberto Callaspo and Brandon Moss are all capable options at first base.
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