Gearrin has been unavailable due to a triceps issue, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Gearrin hasn't pitched since Sept. 18. He's allowed four runs in six innings since heading to Oakland in late August. The full extent of his injury is not yet clear.
Gearrin was traded from the Rangers to the Athletics on Friday in exchange for minor-league pitchers Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega. Gearrin was acquired by the Rangers from the Giants in early July and has since posted a 2.53 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over 21.1 innings. The Athletics' stacked bullpen gains another quality arm, as Gearrin is likely to slide into a middle-relief role.
Gearrin (1-0) picked up the win Friday, striking out four over 1.2 innings in a 7-6 extra-inning win over the Giants. The lone batter to put a ball in play against Gearrin fouled out to the catcher. It was a dominating performance by Gearrin, who was unflappable in getting the biggest outs of the game. The former Giant entered in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and struck out Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria. That enabled the Rangers to tie up the game in the ninth inning before winning it in the 10th. Gearrin has pitched effectively since being acquired from the Giants, posting a 2.75 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP over 19.2 innings. He's earned his role as a setup man, entrusted to high-leverage appearances.
Gearrin pitched a scoreless eighth inning against the Orioles on Saturday night, picking up his third hold of the season as a Ranger. He allowed one hit and didn't strike out or walk anyone. While the good news is that he had a scoreless inning and has earned some trust from manager Jeff Bannister, the bad news for him is that the Rangers turned to Jose Leclerc instead of him to pitch the ninth to get the save.
Gearrin was mentioned by manager Jeff Banister as a reliever that may get save opportunities going forward, Dic Humphrey of MLB.com reports. The conventional thought was that Jose Leclerc would fill in as the closer after Texas traded Keone Kela, but Banister said Thursday he will not name a specific closer. He intends to retain the flexibility to utilize any one of a trio that includes Gearrin, Leclerc and Chris Martin. Those are the three relievers he considers his one-inning pitchers. The Rangers have not had a save opportunity since trading Kela.