The A’s added more bullpen depth Monday by claiming left-hander Joe Savery off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, reliever Eric O’Flaherty was moved to the 60-day disabled list. O’Flaherty is still recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery and was expected to miss the first half of the season anyway.
The 28-year-old Savery, a first-round pick by Philadelphia in 2007, went 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA and two saves in 18 relief appearances last season with the Phillies. He has pitched parts of the last three seasons in the majors, going 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 41 career appearances. He’s struck out 32 and given up 42 hits in 47 2/3 innings.
Savery will enter the mix to be the second lefty in the bullpen, assuming Oakland will want another southpaw behind setup man Sean Doolittle. Also competing for that spot will be recently acquired Fernando Abad, who is out of minor league options. Newcomer Drew Pomeranz is another candidate, though the A’s might prefer him in an eventual starting role.