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Athletics remove Hiroyuki Nakajima from 40-man roster

Aug 17, 2013, 1:05 PM EST

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When the Athletics signed Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million contract over the winter, they were hoping that he would serve as the Opening Day shortstop. However, the 31-year-old has become an afterthought in less than nine months.

Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com notes that the Athletics have outrighted Nakajima to Triple-A Sacramento, thus removing him from the 40-man roster. The thought is that the A’s will use the roster flexibility to add a catcher with John Jaso still sidelined with a concussion.

Nakajima struggled in nearly every phase of the game during spring training before coming down with a hamstring injury. While Jed Lowrie has emerged as the everyday shortstop with the big club, Nakajima has hit .282/.336/.368 with four home runs and 26 RBI in Triple-A.

  1. APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    The expectation was that Nakajima would provide at least top-quality defense-something that the A’s desperately need in the close race for the AL West and wild card spots. That he has continued to struggle on defense is what renders him surplus, and by Oakland standards, and expensive failure.

    • JB (the original) - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Sounds just like the Twins and the Nishioka deal a couple years back.

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