A few teams moved some relief pitchers around on Friday and Saturday, attempting to bring in some fresh arms and shore up some weak links in their bullpen.
Athletics call up Okajima
Okajima has pitched well for Sacramento, posing a 2.16 ERA over 14 appearances. The veteran lefty fanned 18 batters in 16 2/3 innings while only issuing two walks. Okajima spent five seasons as a member of the Boston Red Sox before spending all of 2012 pitching in Japan.
Marlins designate Rauch for assignment
Miami signed Rauch this off-season, but the veteran reliever struggled to start the season, posting a 7.56 ERA over 16 2/3 innings. The right-handed did fan 15 hitters in his 15 appearances and owns a career 3.90 ERA, so he will likely receive another chance to pitch in the majors.
Pirates place Contreras on bereavement list
The 41-year-old has only made five appearances in relief for the Pirates, allowing two runs in four innings while striking out four batters. Hughes struggled earlier this season with Pittsburgh but pitched well last year, posting a 2.85 ERA over 75 2/3 innings.