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