The Oakland Athletics brought back a familiar face on Saturday by signing pitcher Lenny DiNardo. DiNardo, 31, last pitched in the majors in 2009. He was released from the Boston Red Sox after spring training, and has been pitching for the independent Atlantic League as a member of the Long Island Ducks.
DiNardo pitched for the A’s from 2007-2008, and he will return to the Oakland organization by reporting to the team’s Triple-A affiliate team. In six big league seasons, DiNardo is 10-18 with a 5.36 ERA in 257.0 innings.
The A’s, while having entered the season with some added pitching depth, have been derailed a bit after Dallas Braden, Tyson Ross, Brandon McCarthy, and Rich Harden landed on the disabled-list. The DiNardo signing, while nothing big, gives Oakland a little pitching depth.