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Athletics pick up Jeff Francis off of waivers from the Reds

May 18, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

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Jeff Francis was designated for assignment by the Reds on Friday after starting the second half of Thursday’s double-header against the Padres. The left-hander has been claimed off of waivers by the Athletics, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The team will announce it after Sunday’s game against the Indians.

Aside from the one start with the Reds, Francis had spent the 2014 season with Triple-A Louisville. There, he posted a 3.33 ERA with a 45/12 K/BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings over eight starts. Francis was converted into a reliever by the Rockies in the second half of the 2013 season after posting poor results out of the rotation. The A’s will use him as a long man out of the bullpen and as a spot starter, if necessary.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Athletics placed infielder Jake Elmore on the 60-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Athletics optioned pitcher Joe Savery to Triple-A Sacramento.

  1. clydeserra - May 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    paternity leave?

    During his time on the mound?

  2. aceinthehole12 - May 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    If he does well he should replace Tommy.

  3. jkaflagg - May 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Appears to have virtually no upside, but leave it to the A’s to find value in a player like this….they currently have not one but two ex-Astros pitching well for them out of the bullpen.

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