Jul 19, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jim Johnson (45) pitches during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland A's: Jim Johnson Designated For Assignment

The Oakland A’s have designated reliever Jim Johnson for assignment the team said Thursday.

The pricey reliever was supposed to be a stalwart in the bullpen for the A’s this season, but he has been anything but that. Now the $10 million man has been sent to Sacramento while he tries to figure out what has gone wrong this season with the Oakland A’s. At this moment there are even reports that Jim Johnson has been released, but for now those are rumors.

Jim Johnson, who has been struggling all season with the A’s, has a 4-2 record but an ugly 6.92 ERA. He has also allowed 60 hits and 23 walks in just 40.1 innings this season, good for a WHIP of 2.06.

Last night Jim Johnson was even given a 9-2 lead to work with when he came into the game and allowed three runs on four hits without recording an out before he was pulled from the game. In his two prior appearances to last night he allowed a run to the Orioles and three runs to the Mariners.

Taking his place as reliever will be Evan Scribner from AAA-Sacramento who has already had one short stint in Oakland this season back in April. So far he has pitched in two games allowing no runs in 1.1 innings of work.

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