Oakland A’s Call Up Hideki Okajima, Designate Chris Resop for Assignment

March 7, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Hideki Okajima (39) throws in the fourth inning during a spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Hideki Okajima is back in the major leagues.

The Oakland A’s have called up the veteran reliever from the minors and designated Chris Resop for assignment.

In 14 games with Triple A Sacramento, Okajima went 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 14 games,

Okajima spent five seasons (2007-2011) as a reliever for the Boston Red Sox, and played in Japan in 2012.

After spending 13 years pitching in Japan, Okajima signed with the Red Sox and made an immediate impact.

He had a 3-2 record with a 2.22 ERA in 69 innings during his rookie season as Boston’s setup man. He was chosen as an All-Star in his first season and finished sixth in the Rookie of the Year voting.

However, his stats have tailed off in recent seasons. In 2010, he recorded a career-high 4.50 ERA, and pitched just 8.1 innings in 2011 before being designated for assignment.

Resop struggled mightily in his brief stint with the A’s. After being traded to Oakland in the offseason, the righty went 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games.

Here’s the opinion of Sean Davis over at Swingin’ A’s:

The primary purpose of this move is to help find a combination of relievers who can solidify the back end of the Athletics bullpen, which has struggled mightily this season.  Resop, one of the prime suspects in this case, had started the season quite strongly as he didn’t allow a run in his first 7 appearances.  But he had allowed 11 earned runs in his 12 appearances since then.  His ERA made a steady ascent from a nice and tidy 0.00 all the way to 6.00 in a matter of weeks.  The final straw came on Tuesday night when he surrendered two solo home runs to the Texas Rangers in the top of the 10th inning to put the A’s down by two, they would rally for 1 run but fell short.

Topics: Hideki Okajima, Oakland Athletics

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