Sturdevant was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday. The 31-year-old only appeared once this spring, but even a scoreless outing couldn't salvage his spot on the roster. Sturdevant does cause a good number of swing-and-misses (11.3 K/9 at Triple-A last season), but he'll likely be relegated to organizational depth until he keeps the ball in the park better than he did last season (1.4 HR/9).
Sturdevant signed a minor league contract with the A's that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports. The right-hander pitched reasonably well in 16 appearances with the Rays (3.93 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), even racking up three holds during the summer months, but it wasn't enough to maintain a spot on the 40-man roster through the end of the season. Sturdevant does not have overpowering stuff but he mixes in four pitches and should be in the conversation for a middle-relief role in the spring.
Sturdevant was designated for assignment Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays wanted to add another left-hander to their bullpen the rest of the way, so Sturdevant was dropped from the 40-man roster in order to clear room for southpaw Dana Eveland. Sturdevant had been sent back to Triple-A Durham in late August after accruing a 3.93 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 18.1 innings with the Rays.
Sturdevant was optioned back to Triple-A Durham on Saturday following Nick Franklin's return from the DL, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran reliever's third big league stint of 2016 was particularly brief, with Sturdevant firing just two-thirds of an inning on Thursday versus the Red Sox in his only appearance. The 30-year-old has been serviceable in all three tours of duty with the Rays this season, while generating a 3-2 record and solid 3.03 ERA over 35.2 innings with the Bulls at the Triple-A level.
Sturdevant's third major league stint of 2016 began successfully in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Red Sox, as he recorded key two strikeouts in the ninth inning. So much for the 30-year-old getting a soft landing in his return. Sturdevant relieved Erasmo Ramirez to start the ninth and promptly mowed down Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley, Jr. before giving way to Enny Romero, who struck out David Ortiz to end the game. It remains to be seen how long his latest stint with the big league club will be, but given the fact he's been fairly effective when called upon this season, he may stick until the end of the campaign at this point.
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