CINCINNATI (AP) — Tanner Roark was on the road headed to Atlanta for the Cincinnati Reds' next series when he stopped to get something to eat and learned that he'd be going in a much different direction.
The playoff-contending Oakland Athletics acquired Roark on Wednesday, filling out a rotation that also could have left-hander Sean Manaea back soon.
Oakland sent outfield prospect Jameson Hannah to Cincinnati. The Reds are sending Oakland $2.1 million to offset much of the $3,225,806 remaining in Roark's $10 million salary.
The trade was announced about an hour before the deadline for making deals. The A's began the day a half-game out of the second AL wild-card spot.
Roark lasted a season-low 3 1/3 innings during Cincinnati's 11-4 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. He is 6-7 in 21 starts with a 4.24 ERA and can become a free agent after the season, which left him a candidate for a midseason trade.
"I knew coming into the season that this was a possibility," Roark said. "That's how the game is. I'm excited about it. They're playing good baseball. They're in the wild-card hunt."
With the Reds headed to Atlanta for their next series, Roark decided to drive on his own. He was about 20 minutes outside Cincinnati on Wednesday when he stopped to eat and saw reports that he was being traded.
"I realized I'd better turn around and come back," he said, following the Reds' 4-1 win on Wednesday.
The Reds traded Roark a few hours after getting Trevor Bauer from the Indians for right fielder Yaisel Puig in a three-team swap that included San Diego. Roark figured he was likely going to be dealt to open a spot in the rotation for Bauer.
"We had seven starters," he said. "That's two odd men out. It was in my head."
Manaea struck out eight in six innings of a rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night. He's likely to get one more rehab start before being activated. He had shoulder surgery last September.
Also Wednesday, the A's placed center fielder Ramón Laureano on the injured list with a stress reaction in his right calf — a move manager Bob Melvin announced after Tuesday's 3-2 walkoff win in 10 innings over the Brewers. Catcher Josh Phegley also went on the injured list retroactive to July 29 with a bruised left thumb.
Right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Roark.
The Reds also sent second baseman Scott Gennett to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later.