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Bullpen moves: Okajima, Rauch, Contreras

Taking a look at a few teams reshuffling their options out of the bullpen.


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

The Oakland Athletics purchased the contract of Hideki Okajima from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, designating Chris Resop for assignment to clear space for 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

The Miami Marlins have designated struggling relief pitcher Jon Rauch for assignment, calling up Duane Below from Triple-A New Orleans to fill his spot on the roster.

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 Pittsburgh Pirates placed Jose Contreras on the bereavement list following a death in his family, recalling Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianopolis to take his spot in the bullpen.

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.


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