According to an official statement released by the MLB Roster Moves on Thursday afternoon, the Oakland Athletics have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Nashville. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the club has also elected to option catcher Bruce Maxwell down to Triple-A Nashville.
In order to round out their slew of roster moves from Thursday afternoon, the Athletics were forced to transfer starting shortstop Marcus Semien to the club’s 60-day disabled list. Semien was previously placed on the Athletics’ 10-day disabled list back on April 16 due to a right wrist contusion.
However, it was then announced just one day later that Semien would be required to undergo a procedure on his fractured right wrist.
On the other hand, the 32-year-old Valdez has not made a big league appearance since back in 2010 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In fact, he made his only career appearances at the big league level during that same 2010 campaign while making nine total appearances with two starts for the Diamondbacks along the way.
Over the course of an even 20 innings of work, the Dominican-born right-hander amassed a 7.65 ERA alongside a 1-2 record. While allowing a total of 29 hits, 19 runs and 17 earned runs, he also managed to produce 13 strikeouts against 10 walks.
Entering play on Wednesday, the Athletics will be sporting a nearly even 7-8 record while currently finding themselves in second-place in the American League West division.