OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he spoke to disgruntled pitcher Tommy Milone and said the left-hander hasn't softened his stance about wanting to be traded if Oakland can't find a spot for him on the major league roster.

"I don't think there's any softening to it," Melvin said. "I think he just wants to pitch in the big leagues. He'd much rather do it (with Oakland), but when you've had the type of success he's had and you're pitching in the minor leagues, that's not somewhere he wants to be."

Melvin said Milone, who is with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats playing in El Paso, Texas, called him Monday night about his situation. He effectively confirmed that the trade request had been made.

"I'm pretty sure he didn't expect it to get the play that it has," Melvin said. "But to an extent, you know what, he's looking out for his big league career and he's pitched really well for us. You don't blame him for wanting to be in the big leagues.

"It doesn't mean he doesn't want to be here," the manager continued. "He does want to be here. He's well thought of and respected by his teammates and he respects the situation going on here, but he wants to be in the big leagues. I don't blame him for that."

The A's optioned Milone after an 11-start stretch in which he was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA to make room on the roster for Jason Hammel, who was acquired along with Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs on July 4. Hammel is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his first two starts with Oakland.


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The A's are under no obligation to trade Milone despite his request.