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Prodigal Son Returns Home

Before there was Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder or Barry Zito, there was Steve Karsay. In 1993, Karsay represented the future of the Oakland A's franchise as the team's brightest pitching prospect. Thirteen years after Karsay made his Oakland debut, the right-hander returns to the A's organization. This time, however, he represents a solution for the present rather than the hope for the future.

Looking for healthy effective relievers anywhere, the A's turned to a one-time huge prospect to help plug a hole in their bullpen. The A's acquired Steve Karsay from Cleveland in a minor-league transaction for cash on Sunday, and are expected to bring him to Oakland in time for Tuesday's series opener...

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