The Athletics thought they had a real find on their hands after acquiring Joey Devine from the Braves prior to the 2008 season for Mark Kotsay.
As a 24-year-old, Devine posted a 0.59 ERA in 45 2/3 innings, whiffin 49 and walking 15.
The only problem was a two-month respite on the disabled list due to right-elbow inflammation that ballooned to Tommy John surgery after the season, causing Devine to miss the entire 2009 season.
And in case you haven't been following Oakland's boxscores, the name "Devine, Joey" hasn't appeared in box scores for the A's at all in 2010. Manager Bob Geren told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle Saturday that Devine will not pitch for the A's at all, causing the righty to miss two years to what is normally a fairly standard surgery these days.
Instead, Devine will pitch in instructional league in the hopes of pairing with Brad Ziegler and Andrew Bailey for a dominant bullpen in 2011.
-- Evan Brunell
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