The Jim Johnson era in Oakland has come to an end. After yet another disastrous outing on Wednesday, Johnson was designated for assignment by the Oakland A's before the team's afternoon game against the Astros on Thursday. Reliever Evan Scribner was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take Johnson's place on the roster.
Johnson was acquired this off-season to serve as the A's closer, but he struggled from the outset of spring training and was never able to get on track. He leaves the A's with a 6.92 ERA and only two saves in 40.1 innings. He posted a 2.058 WHIP and had a 1.1 HR/9 and a 1.22 K/BB. All of those numbers were career-worsts for Johnson, who was making $10 million this year.
Scribner joins the A's from Sacramento, where he had a 3.35 ERA and a 57:7 K:BB in 37.2 innings this season. Scribner has served as the River Cats' primary closer and he has 14 saves this season. Over his last 12.2 innings, Scribner has a 23:1 K:BB. He has allowed just two homeruns all season. Scribner tossed 1.1 scoreless innings for the A's earlier this season. He spent significant portions of the last two seasons with Oakland.
The A's take on the Astros at 12:35 pm today in the rubber-match of their three-game series.