The A’s went their separate ways to enjoy a much-needed day off Thursday, but there’s an issue waiting for them when they get back.

Brett Anderson won’t return anytime soon because of a nagging ankle injury, and the A’s need to identify a suitable replacement for him in the starting rotation.

Right-hander Dan Straily proved again in Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers that he doesn’t appear to be that guy yet.

Straily, 24, has shown he’s got Pacific Coast League competition licked, but he’s having trouble putting it together at the big league level.

Spot-on location is essential for Straily since he doesn’t blow up the radar gun. He walked four and was charged with five runs (four earned) Wednesday in just 4 1/3 innings. He also hit back-to-back hitters in the third, leading to two runs.

In the fifth, he walked another before allowing Adrian Beltre’s RBI single to make it 3-0. Granted, Jed Lowrie’s throwing error contributed to Texas’ rally. But Straily left a jam for Jesse Chavez when he was pulled with runners on the corners with one out.

Chavez proceeded to give up Nelson Cruz’s three-run homer on the first pitch he threw, and the A’s were down 6-0 and wouldn’t recover.

Over his past three starts, Straily has issued 11 walks in 14 2/3 innings. His big league ERA rose to 7.27 over five starts this season. In three starts with Sacramento, he’s allowed just two earned runs in 18 2/3 innings, though he also endured a five-walk game with the River Cats.

“I think it's more command right now,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “… It just hasn't got to a point where he's got on a roll and had three or four games where he really feels good about himself. He does have the stuff to do it -- we expect him to be that guy.

“At this point he just hasn't been able to reel off two, three wins in a row, or two or three good games in a row where every time you go out there you feel like, ‘I'm going to get a good performance.’”

Straily realizes he needs to show more consistency.

“(I’m) just not being consistent whatsoever,” he said. “That’s really what’s been hurting me, hurting the team. I just need to go out there and pitch like I’m capable of, not what I’ve been doing.”