Surkamp was placed on release waivers Thursday and his contract will be sold to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean League. The former Oakland Athletic was recently claimed by the Rangers on June 29 after being DFA'd. He posted a 6.98 ERA across nine starts with Oakland and never got onto the field with the Rangers. His placement on release waivers opens a spot on the Rangers' 40-man roster.
Surkamp was claimed by the Rangers on Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports. He was designated for assignment by the Athletics earlier in the week for obvious reasons after posting a 6.98 ERA in nine starts. The Rangers are about as desperate as any team for immediate starting pitching depth, given their recent run of injuries, but it's hard to envision Surkamp turning into a useful fantasy option anytime soon.
Surkamp has been designated for assignment by the Athletics, Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet California reports. Surkamp was optioned last week and with the Athletics claiming Nick Tepesch off waivers, his roster spot was needed. Surkamp posted a brutal 6.98 ERA in nine starts for Oakland and has a fastball that sits in the high 80s, so there's a decent chance he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Surkamp was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports. Surkamp has endured a string of poor outings of late, most recently allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits across only 3.2 innigns Saturday. Now 0-5 on the season, he'll head down to Triple-A as the A's bring up Dillon Overton from Nashville to start Saturday's game.
Surkamp has another poor outing on Friday night allowing five hits, four runs (only two earned) and two walks over only 3.2 innings. The outing actually lowered Surkamp's ERA under 7.00 for the season to go along with his brutal 1.97 WHIP. Surkamp has managed to make nine starts for the A's due to the extreme number of injuries in the rotation, but has done to make the A's want to keep him in the role and should be the first starter pushed out of the rotation when Sean Manaea and/or Rich Hill return.