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A's claim RHP Bridwell off waivers from Angels

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
January 22, 2019

OAKLAND -- The A's on Tuesday found a starter through the waiver wire, claiming right-hander Parker Bridwell from the Angels.Bridwell has potential to produce a bounce-back campaign after missing chunks of the 2018 season with elbow issues. His numbers between Los Angeles (17.55 ERA in five games) and Triple-A Salt

OAKLAND -- The A's on Tuesday found a starter through the waiver wire, claiming right-hander Parker Bridwell from the Angels.
Bridwell has potential to produce a bounce-back campaign after missing chunks of the 2018 season with elbow issues. His numbers between Los Angeles (17.55 ERA in five games) and Triple-A Salt Lake (8.68 ERA in six starts) were ugly, but he's not that far removed from a '17 season that saw him go 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for the Angels.
Still just 27, Bridwell was originally selected by the Orioles in the ninth round of the 2010 Draft. He has been claimed off waivers three times this offseason, previously going to the Yankees on Nov. 26 and returning to the Angels on Dec. 21.
Bridwell has fared poorly against the A's in his career, allowing 22 earned runs across 9 2/3 innings, yet he has a 3.33 ERA over 121 1/3 innings against everyone else.
The A's are expected to continue their search for starters with fervor as camp nears; at this point, veteran Mike Fiers is the only sure rotation piece.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.