The A's released right-handed relief pitcher Michael Wuertz Tuesday, making room for right handed pitcher Evan Scribner and outfielder Cedric Hunter, whom they claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres, the team announced via press release.
Wuertz, 32, made 39 relief appearances last season after hitting the 15-day disabled list twice, April 6 and July 30. When he was healthy, he was not effective, allowing 25 earned runs in 33.2 innings for a 6.68 ERA.
Wuertz was much more effective for Oakland the previous two seasons, over which he collected an 8-4 record, 10 saves and a 3.19 ERA.
Scribner, 26, made his MLB debut last season with the Padres, posting a 7.07 ERA in 10 appearances over to stints with the San Diego club. He landed on the Padres' 60-day DL after a strained shoulder. Scribner was drafted by Arizona in 2007 and traded to San Diego for Tony Clark.
Hunter, 23, made the Padres' opening day roster and made his MLB debut last year, going 1-for-4 with a walk in six games. The left-handed hitter batted .255 with two home runs and 81 RBI for Tiple-A Tuscon the rest of the season. A strained right groin shut down his season in July.