Oakland A’s make flurry of moves on pitching staff

Apr 22, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics manager Mark Kotsay (7) relieves relief pitcher Sam Selman (40) during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics manager Mark Kotsay (7) relieves relief pitcher Sam Selman (40) during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Oakland A’s have been desperately attempting to find pieces that will work in their bullpen. For every Dany Jimenez, there have been several failures, turning the bullpen into a revolving door. The hope is that, at some point, the A’s will find those pieces that they need to have a viable bullpen moving forward.

The latest flurry of moves is yet another attempt to make that happen. The A’s have promoted relievers Domingo Tapia, Parker Markel, and Sam Selman from Las Vegas in hopes of shoring up the bullpen. In return, Adam Kolarek, Jake Lemoine, and Zach Logue were sent back to Triple-A.

Oakland A’s overall middle of bullpen yet again

Selman had already been a part of the A’s attempt to fix their bullpen. He had made a single appearance back on April 22, firing 2.2 scoreless innings while allowing a hit and a walk as he struck out five batters. However, that somehow was not good enough to warrant a second appearance as he was sent back to Triple-A after being designated for assignment.

Tapia and Markel both have major league experience, but neither had been with the A’s yet this season. Tapia received most of his time in the majors last year, making 34 appearances, 32 of which were with the Royals. Markel, meanwhile, made 20 major league appearances, all of which came in 2019 as he has battled command issues throughout his professional career.

Meanwhile, Logue’s second stint in the majors was a disappointment. He had appeared as though he would be a key part of the A’s rotation this season before being sent down, only to struggle when he returned. Kolarek and Lemoine, meanwhile, have not done anything to maintain their spots on the roster. However, it is possible that they get another look as the A’s bullpen continues to desperately search for answers.

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The Oakland A’s revolving door in their bullpen has continued. A flurry of roster moves has led to yet another different relief corps.

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