With more gaps in their rotation than starters, the A’s on Tuesday claimed right-hander Parker Bridwell on waivers from the Angels.
Bridwell, 27, missed most of 2018 with an elbow injury that required arthroscopic surgery, but in 2017, he was 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA. His walk-to-strikeout ratio was just 73 to 30, but he had a 2.0 WAR that season and he has five solid big-league pitches: fastball, curveball, changeup, cutter and sinker.
Not facing the A’s should help him: Bridwell has appeared five times against Oakland and surrendered 23 hits, including seven homers, and given up 22 runs, all earned, in just 9 2/3 innings.
Bridwell was 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA in five games with the Angels last year and he had an 8.68 ERA in six starts at Triple-A Salt Lake. He was claimed by the Yankees on Nov. 26, reclaimed by the Angels on Dec. 21 and then designated for assignment last week.
The A’s currently have only one fully healthy starter back from their late-season rotation, right-hander Mike Fiers, who was re-signed to a two-year deal after being non-tendered.
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