As expected, the A’s made a move prior to the game on Wednesday to bolster their recently taxed bullpen.
The Athletics recalled Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento and designated former closer Jim Johnson for assignment.
Scribner, 29, is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and .243 opponents batting average in 31 games with Sacramento this season. He pitched 1.1 innings with the A’s on the Major League level earlier this season. He currently ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 14 saves.
The move ends Johnson’s tenure with the A’s about midway into his first season with the club. In 40.1 innings with the A’s, Johnson posted a 6.92 ERA, allowing 31 earned runs.
As written on this site earlier today, this move is an addition-by-subtraction for the A’s. Though they will have to pay him the remaining balance of his $10 million contract through the end of the season, the move allows them to field their most competitive 25-man roster and ultimately a stronger bullpen.
Scribner will be with the team for Wednesday’s game.