The Oakland Athletics added a bullpen arm on Monday, claiming left-hander Joe Savery off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.
According to the team’s official website, the A’s moved left-hander Eric O’Flaherty—signed as a free agent in January—to the 60-day disabled list. O’Flaherty is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected to return until July.
The 28-year-old lefty missed six weeks last season with an elbow injury. In 18 appearance and 20 innings for the Phillies, he posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.300 WHIP with 14 strikeouts. At Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Savery had a 3.80 ERA and 1.141 WHIP in 20 appearances and 23.2 innings, earning two saves and striking out 29. He also made rehab appearances for the Phillies Gulf Coast League affiliate and for High-A Clearwater.
The Phillies drafted Savery 19th overall out of Rice University in 2007 and after he went 1-12 with a 4.66 ERA and 1.610 WHIP in 28 appearances and 19 starts covering 127.1 innings for Lehigh Valley in 2010, Philadelphia attempted to convert him to first base.
He hit .307/.368/.410 in 271 plate appearances for Clearwater, with two homers and 25 RBI, playing 19 games at first and 12 games in left field while also spending time at DH.
He went back to full-time mound duty in 2012 and made 19 appearances in relief for Philadelphia with a 5.40 ERA and 1.360 WHIP in 25 innings, with 16 strikeouts.