Hatcher was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports. Hatcher was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to free up space for younger players in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The veteran right-hander posted a 4.95 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 30:17 K:BB across 36.1 innings of relief for the A's in 2018.
Hatcher allowed three runs on three hits in the ninth inning to blow the save Sunday against the Angels. Hatcher entered the inning with a 4-2 lead and proceeded to find trouble right from the beginning. After allowing a lead-off single to Shohei Ohtani, Jefrey Marte beat Hatcher for a double. Taylor Ward capped off the disastrous outing with a two-run walkoff home run. This marked Hatcher's second appearance since Sept. 4. It doesn't seem likely that he will make the postseason roster.
Hatcher's contract was selected by the Athletics on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hatcher was designated for assignment by Oakland in early August after posting a 4.24 ERA over 34 innings. The 33-year-old should take on a low-leverage role out of the bullpen for the final month of the regular season.
Hatcher was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Friday. He was removed from the roster to make room for Fernando Rodney. Hatcher has a mediocre 4.24 ERA in 34 innings this season, with uninspiring strikeout and walk rates (18.0 percent and 10.9 percent, respectively).
Hatcher has fired four scoreless innings across three June appearances, allowing three hits and four walks while recording five strikeouts. The 33-year-old right-hander went a full 12 days (May 31-June 11) without seeing any action, and he subsequently went another six between appearances this month until being called upon in Wednesday's win over the Padres. Hatcher has actually proven reliable of late after a rough start to the season, as he's generated scoreless efforts in eight of his last nine appearances overall. He's in line for the occasional decision as a middle reliever, but his fantasy value remains limited to very deep formats.
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