The Oakland A’s made two moves on Wednesday, but at the end their active roster remained unchanged.
The A’s announced that they activated reliever Reymin Guduan from the 10-day injured list. However, rather than clear a spot on the 26-man roster for the left-hander’s return, they instead designated him for assignment. That second transaction removes him from the 40-man roster, leaving one spot open for now.
Oakland picked up Guduan over the offseason as a non-roster minor league free agent, and after a strong spring he earned a spot on the Opening Day roster. But once the regular season began he got shelled, allowing a total of seven runs in two innings in his first two appearances combined. He settled down a bit from there and ate some innings in low-leverage situations, but the one time he was asked the hold a close lead he was not able to do so.
- Guduan: 6.28 ERA, 14⅓ ip, 5 Ks, 5 BB, 1 HR, 19 hits, 4.40 FIP, .418 xwOBA
The 29-year-old was out of options, so he couldn’t be sent down to Triple-A, and there’s no longer room for him in the MLB bullpen now that there’s a surplus starter working there (currently Jesús Luzardo). That made a DFA necessary, and we’ll find out Guduan’s fate over the next week — he could be claimed off waivers, or traded, or end up back in the A’s minors but off the 40-man roster, among other possibilities.
Here’s the updated injury report.