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Doolittle Called Up; Norberto to DL and Pridie Released

June 4, 2012

Jordan Norberto has a strained left shoulder and given that he is left-handed and thereby “left-shouldered” he will be going on the 15-day disabled list. On the year Norberto has been a work horse for the A’s appearing in 21 games throwing 25 1/3 innings with an ERA of 3.91 and even better FIP of 3.51. He has managed 6.4 K/9 to just 4.3 BB/9 with 0.4 HR/9. What is noteworthy of course about his 4.3 BB/9 is how much an improvement it represents. As I wrote this spring when there was discussion of Norberto possibly being used as a starter, his numbers entering this year were less than desireable,

“In 39 appearances, spanning 26 2/3 innings he has managed to walk 9.8 batters per nine innings – a BB% of 22.5%. While yes it is a small sample issue, he has been consistent with 9.9 BB/9 with Arizona in 2010 and 9.5 BB/9 with Oakland last season [in 2011]. In the minors he hasn’t been that bad, but the less patient hitters of Triple A still walked an ungodly 4.7 BB/9 in 2011, an improvement from his 5.8 BB/9 at Triple-A in 2010. “

Norberto is a big piece of this year’s bullpen so it is a shame to see him temporarily shelved. In his place called up from Sacramento today was Sean Doolittle. Doolittle’s path to the majors took some interesting twists and turns as he is a converted first baseman (though he pitched in college). I actually saw Doolittle make his pitching debut this year in the opener at Lake Elsinore with the Stockton Ports. He has put up video game numbers since. In Stockton he threw 10 1/3 innings with 18.3 K/9 and 0.87 ERA, 0.30 FIP. That earned him a promotion to Midland where he put up 15.6 K/9 with a 0.82 ERA and 1.11 FIP in 11 innings. He was sent to Sacramento, three and two thirds innings, 19.6 K/9, 0.00 ERA, -0.35 FIP. Incredible stuff, high velocity, left-handed, he is going to be fun to watch.

Jason Pridie who was signed as a non-roster invitee and then managed to earn himself a 50-game suspension for using a drug of abuse did not play in any games upon the completion of that suspension. He asked the A’s for his release and was granted it. With the A’s overabundance of outfielders now, there really seemed to be little to no point to his being organizational depth.

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