It's been a tough ride for Joey Devine. The A's right-handed reliever underwent successful elbow surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, again, and will miss the 2012 season. You recall Devine had "Tommy John" surgery in 2009."The same ligament, reconstructed again," manager Bob Melvin clarified. Dr. James Andrews performed both surgeries. This time, in addition to reconstructing the ligament, the surgery included an ulnar nerve transposition and a debridement of the flexor tendon.The timeline for return is set at 12-18 months.Devine, 28, turned in a dominant 2008 and looked to be on the fast track to the A's closer role. He pitched 45 2-3 innings, allowing just three earned runs. But his first "Tommy John" surgery derailed his career, and kept him out of baseball during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He battled back, though, and joined the 2011 A's to make 26 appearances. He pitched strong, "as good as anyone coming out of bullpen," Melvin thought, finishing the season 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA, 20 strikeouts and 11 walks in 23 innings. "Working his way diligently as he did," Melvin said. "To come back and see the results you did last year. To have to go back and do that again, I really feel bad for him."Devine was expected to compete for the closer role this year as well. It's all Grant Balfour's now.In instances like this one, Melvin puts the team aside. "It's all about him right now." Despite the loss, the A's manager is not concerned with the status of his bullpen. Indeed, after seven-plus innings from starters in three of five games, there are actually members of the bullpen that need work including Ryan Cook & Brian Fuentes."I'm comfortable with the makeup of the bullpen," Melvin said.
OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.
Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.
Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
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In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.
Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.
Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.
During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.
The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.
Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.
Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.
The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.