MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the Athletics have acquired reliever Edward Mujica from the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. The Athletics moved pitcher Jarrod Parker to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster for Mujica. A corresponding move will be made to fit Mujica into the 25-man roster when he reports, Lee adds.
Mujica, 30, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday. He struggled, posting a 4.61 ERA with an 8/3 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. The Athletics’ bullpen has been terrible thus far as their 5.29 ERA is the worst in the American League. A change of scenery for Mujica and a fresh face for the A’s could be exactly what each side needs.
Athletics starter Jarrod Parker left a rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on Friday with an injury to his right elbow, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports. He had thrown his 87th pitch of the outing. Parker is currently on his way back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in March 2014. Friday’s outing was his fourth rehab start, and the Athletics were hopeful to bring him back into the rotation before the end of the month.
Parker, 26, hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 2013. He has a career 3.68 ERA with a 275/127 K/BB ratio in 384 career innings. The Athletics had acquired him in December 2011 from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill trade.
Thursday night A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker saw his first game action since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last March, making a minor-league rehab start at Single-A.
Parker threw 3.2 innings, allowing allowing three runs on four hits while striking out one and walking zero. And then afterward he tweeted this:
Parker has been aiming at an early June return to the A’s, lengthening the usual 12-month recovery timetable because this is the 26-year-old’s second career Tommy John surgery. Prior to being shut down the former top-10 draft pick started 61 games for the A’s, going 25-16 with a 3.73 ERA.