A’s pitchers Braden, Devine become free agents

Oakland Athletics pitchers Dallas Braden and Joey Devine have

cleared outright waivers and chosen to become free agents rather

than accept assignments to Triple-A Sacramento.

The AL West champion A’s made the announcement Tuesday. Both

pitchers missed the 2012 season because of injuries that required


Braden, the left-hander who pitched the 19th perfect game in

major league history on Mother’s Day 2010 against Tampa Bay,

underwent surgery on May 17, 2011, to repair a torn capsule in his

throwing shoulder. He then had another procedure Aug. 21 to fix a

torn rotator cuff in the shoulder.

The right-handed reliever Devine is recovering from elbow

ligament-replacement surgery for the second time on his throwing

arm. He also missed the 2009 and ’10 seasons after the first