OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s acquired cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton, who was designated for assignment on Nov. 20.
Cotton began the season on the injured list as he continued his recovery from March 31, 2018 UCL reconstruction surgery. He started a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton May 17 and made three appearances before his assignment was halted May 29 due to a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old right-hander underwent right hamstring debridement surgery June 6 and resumed his rehab July 9. He made one more appearance with Stockton and four with Triple-A Las Vegas before he was reinstated from the IL and optioned to Las Vegas July 29. Cotton combined for a 1-3 record and a 7.16 ERA in 18 games, three starts, overall.