In a move that really will surprise nobody, the Oakland Athletics have designated reliever Chris Resop for assignment, and replaced him with veteran lefty Hideki Okajima. The move was announced by the team this afternoon.
The primary purpose of this move is to help find a combination of relievers who can solidify the back end of the Athletics bullpen, which has struggled mightily this season. Resop, one of the prime suspects in this case, had started the season quite strongly as he didn’t allow a run in his first 7 appearances. But he had allowed 11 earned runs in his 12 appearances since then. His ERA made a steady ascent from a nice and tidy 0.00 all the way to 6.00 in a matter of weeks. The final straw came on Tuesday night when he surrendered two solo home runs to the Texas Rangers in the top of the 10th inning to put the A’s down by two, they would rally for 1 run but fell short.
Hideki Okajima was a late addition to the fold for the Athletics, and showed some signs of his former self with the Boston Red Sox during Spring Training. But consistency was still lacking and he was sent to Triple A Sacramento to continue working on his stuff in hopes of getting a call up to Oakland. In 16.2 innings with the River Cats Okajima has posted a 2.16 ERA with a WHIP of just 0.78. His command has been there as well, walking just two batters while striking out 18. He will be a useful veteran presence in the bullpen for the Athletics and will be available tonight for Bob Melvin.