Brad Mills has been designated for assignment to make room for Jason Hammel on the Athletics' active roster, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports:
#Athletics designate LHP Brad Mills for assignment. Went six innings in two of his three starts, 4.41 ERA in 16 1/3 IP overall.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 7, 2014
Jim Johnson remains on the active roster, presumably as long reliever, and perhaps to avoid him landing with another team (like the Angels) and suddenly pitching well against the Athletics with a change of scenery.
#Athletics hope that Mills clears waivers, they'd love to have him at Sacramento. He might have been too useful with A's to clear tho.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 7, 2014
Minor transactions and suspensions
Earlier today, Nick Buss cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Sacramento River Cats. Buss was removed from the 40-man roster on Saturday to clear 40-man space for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
The decision to designate Mills for assignment allowed the A's to claim outfielder Kenny Wilson off waivers today from the Toronto Blue Jays and option him to Sacramento. His bat is horrible but his glove is supposedly good.
Herschel Powell, better known as "Boog," received a "50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program." The outfielder had recently been promoted to the Class-A Advanced Stockton Ports, where he was batting .396/.463/.500 in 54 plate appearances.
Finally, the Athletics traded international slot 57 (valued at $339,000) to the Milwaukee Brewers for Rodolfo Fernandez. Google tells me that Fernandez is a shooting guard/small forward for the Spanish professional basketball team Real Madrid Baloncesto. Further research informs that Fernandez is actually a 24-year-old Cuban right handed pitcher in his second American professional season. With the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League, Fernandez sports a 2.53 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 25 walks in 92⅔ innings.