The Oakland A’s have a new reliever in the bullpen.
The A’s called up Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, the team announced.
The right-hander was not on the 40-man roster, so to make room starter Mike Fiers was transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day. To clear a spot on the active 26-man roster, lefty reliever Adam Kolarek was optioned to Triple-A.
The A’s signed Bedrosian three weeks ago, to a non-roster minor league free agent contract. Oakland fans might recognize him from his seven years in the Angels pen, but the Halos let him go last winter and he was picked up by the Reds. After six appearances for Cincinnati in April, he was released again.
- Bedrosian, career: 3.84 ERA, 283⅓ ip, 297 Ks, 122 BB, 27 HR, 3.69 FIP
More details, from our coverage of his signing:
That’s a strikeout per inning, more than two per walk, and a normal homer rate, with a 111 ERA+ that’s comfortably better than league-average. He’s been fine at holding leads, with nine saves, 47 holds, and 16 blown, which is enough to show he has a bit of late-inning experience even if he’s not suddenly a closer candidate. Statcast gives him a .308 xwOBA, which is average or better, and he’s kept it within a mostly consistent range without ever being awful.
In terms of stuff, Bedrosian’s velocity used to sit 95-96 mph but now he averages more like 92-93. However, despite not throwing as hard anymore his fastball does have good spin, and leaving aside his rough April in Cincy he still got outs the last few years at the lower radar readings. He also has a wipeout slider and has begun experimenting with a promising splitter.
Since then, the 29-year-old Bedrosian appeared four times in Triple-A for the Las Vegas Aviators, totaling five scoreless innings with five strikeouts, a walk, and two hits.
The new addition means someone else has to step aside, and that’ll be Kolarek, who goes down to the minors for the second time this year. He’s having a tough season with an 8.00 ERA, but almost all of the damage has been done by the Houston Astros, and otherwise the southpaw has more or less resembled the excellent reliever he was last year for the Dodgers.
- Kolarek, vs. HOU: 2 ip, 7 ER, 1 K, 3 BB, 2 HR, 7 hits, 1 HBP, .509 xwOBA
- Kolarek, vs. other: 7 ip, 1 ER, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HR, 8 hits, .264 xwOBA
As for Fiers, he went on the IL retroactive to May 7 due to a sprained right elbow. He will now definitely not return before early July.
Here’s the updated roster, with the injury report below.
Chris Bassitt (R)
Sean Manaea (L)
Frankie Montas (R)
Cole Irvin (L)
James Kaprielian (R)
IL: Jesús Luzardo (L)
60-IL: Mike Fiers (R)
Lou Trivino (R)
Jake Diekman (L)
Yusmeiro Petit (R)
Sergio Romo (R)
Burch Smith (R)
Cam Bedrosian (R)
Deolis Guerra (R)
Reymin Guduan (L)
IL: A.J. Puk (L)
IL: J.B. Wendelken (R)
60-IL: Trevor Rosenthal (R)
Sean Murphy (R)
Aramis Garcia (R)
1B: Matt Olson (L)
2B: Jed Lowrie (S)
SS: Elvis Andrus (R)
3B: Matt Chapman (R)
UT: Tony Kemp (L)
IL: Mitch Moreland (L)
Mark Canha (R)
Ramon Laureano (R)
Chad Pinder (R)
Stephen Piscotty (R)
Seth Brown (L)
Luis Barrera (L)
- RHP Trevor Rosenthal, 60-day IL, thoracic outlet surgery (July at least)
- RHP Mike Fiers, 60-day IL, elbow (shut down 5/8; moved to 60-day 5/21)
- RHP J.B. Wendelken, 10-day IL, oblique (no timetable yet)
- DH Mitch Moreland, 10-day IL, rib (no timetable yet)
- LHP Jesús Luzardo, 10-day IL, finger (threw bullpen 5/20)
- LHP A.J. Puk, 10-day IL, biceps (on rehab in Triple-A)
Jesús Luzardo threw 30 pitches this morning in a bullpen session. Went well, Bob Melvin said. He should need at least one more bullpen before he faces hitters and a rehab assignment in Las Vegas.— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) May 20, 2021