OAKLAND -- Left-handed pitcher Dallas Braden and right-handed pitcher Joey Devine cleared outright waivers and elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Sacramento, the A's announced Tuesday.
Braden missed the entire 2012 season as he continued his rehab from May 17, 2011 surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 28 and was transferred to the 60-day DL April 22. Braden had another surgery Aug. 21 to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek, who also did his shoulder capsule surgery. The 29-year-old left-hander is 26-36 with a 4.16 ERA in 94 career appearances, including 79 starts, in five seasons with the As. Braden tossed the 19th perfect game in major league history May 9, 2010 against Tampa Bay.
Devine also missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow for the second time. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 28 retroactive to March 24 and the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., April 20. It included an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, an ulnar nerve transposition and a debridement of the flexor tendon. Devine also had Tommy John surgery on the same elbow April 21, 2009 and missed the entire 2009 and 2010 seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander is 8-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 93 career relief appearances, including 7-2 with a 1.57 ERA in 68 games in two seasons with the As.
Courtesy Oakland A's media services
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After batting fourth on Sunday, Ryon Healy moves up a couple of spots on the opener against the Angels on Tueday evening.
1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Ryon Healy (R) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C
6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP
Los Angeles Angels:
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
5. Jefry Marte (R) 1B
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
7. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C
JC Ramirez -- RHP
Rajai Davis, one of the A's key offseason acquistions, is headed to the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.
The move is retroactive to April 22.
The A's also designated Rual Alcantara for assignment. The 24-year-old who was acquired in the 2011 Andrew bailey trade with Boston won the fifth starter job out of spring training, but posted a 16.71 ERA in three appearances this season.
To take their spots, the A's recalled right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez and recently-acquired outfielder Ryan LaMarre.
Valdez,32, was recalled on April 20 to start against the Mariners. He allowed five hits and three earned runs in four innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Nashville the following day.
The 28-year-old LaMarre was acquired from the Angels on Sunday. In his only game with Triple-A Nashville on Monday, he went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.