According to an official statement released by MLB Roster Moves on Wednesday afternoon, the Oakland Athletics have placed right-handed relief pitcher John Axford on the club’s 10-day disabled list due to a strained right shoulder. However, the transaction has been listed as retroactive to April 2.
In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Athletics have elected to recall fellow right-hander Jesse Hahn from Triple-A Nashville.
The 34-year-old right-hander has become quite the journeyman over the years. While Axford is now in the midst of his second season as a member of the Athletics’ bullpen, he has already spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies since originally breaking into the big leagues back in 2009.
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Failing to make a single appearance for the Athletics thus far into the 2017 regular season, Axford most recently made 68 relief appearances for the club in 2016. Over the course of 65.2 innings of work, he posted a 3.97 ERA alongside a 6-4 record, three saves, 15 holds and seven blown saves. He also managed 60 strikeouts against 30 walks.
For his big league career, Axford currently owns a 3.58 ERA across 471 regular season relief appearances and 449.2 innings of work in all.
On the other hand, the 27-year-old Hahn spent the 2014 season with the San Diego Padres before coming over to the Athletics in 2015. Spending the last two seasons in Oakland, he has started 37 of his 39 big league appearances as his two relief appearances both came in San Diego.
Last season, Hahn posted a 2-4 record and 6.02 ERA across nine starts and 46.1 innings of work.