A's claim lefty reliever Savery off waivers

A's claim lefty reliever Savery off waivers

PHOENIX -- The pitching-rich A's have claimed lefty reliever Joe Savery off waivers from the Phillies, adding to their enviable bullpen depth at Spring Training.

He's expected to arrive to camp Tuesday and will take part in workouts come Wednesday.

To make room on the 40-man roster for its newest addition, Oakland transferred southpaw Eric O'Flaherty -- recovering from Tommy John surgery and not expected back until midseason -- to the 60-man disabled list.

Savery, 28, was Philadelphia's first-round selection (19th overall) out of Rice University in the 2007 Draft. The Houston native went 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA in 18 appearances for the Phillies last year, holding opponents to a .205 average in 20 innings.

He has pitched in parts of the last three seasons with Philadelphia, compiling a 4.15 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 41 games overall, striking out 32 but also yielding 42 hits in 47 2/3 innings.

Savery will face heavy competition in A's camp for a bullpen spot, and it's not automatic he'd battle Fernando Abad for a job as a lefty specialist, given his bizarre splits.

Last year, Savery held right-handers to a .118 average spanning 51 at-bats. Lefties, though, hit .409 off him in 22 at-bats. For his career, Savery's right-handed opponents have hit .212/.315/.363 off him, while left-handers have posted a .286/.304/.429 batting line.

Savery knows a thing or two about hitting as well. He has 348 at-bats in the Minors, mostly as a pitcher, and has hit .290 with four homers.

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