A’s bring back Gaudin to offer bullpen help

Here’s most of the story that will be up on the A’s site shortly:

assistant general manager David Forst confirmed the return of right-handed
pitcher Chad Gaudin, who on Sunday signed a Major League deal with Oakland after
being released by the Yankees on Thursday.

Gaudin, 27,
pitched for Oakland as a starter and reliever from 2006 to July 2008, when he
was traded to the Cubs along with Rich Harden. He has since played with the
Padres and Yankees, the latter for which he produced a 0-3 record and 8.68 ERA
in four spring games this year after going 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 games for
New York during the 2009 season.

The righty
will report to big league camp Monday and will offer the club insurance for a
rather depleted bullpen. The A’s relief corps has endured several setbacks this
spring, the most recent being Monday’s news that right-hander Michael Wuertz
may potentially miss the season opener with shoulder soreness.

Wuertz was
slated to throw in Sunday’s game, but he was scratched and will visit local orthopedist
Dr. Doug Freedberg on Monday. If he’s unable to go Opening Day, the A’s will
presumably look to Gaudin or fellow newcomers Jason Jennings and Edwar Ramirez
to fulfill right-handed setup duties along with Brad Ziegler.

Also offering uncertainties at the moment are righty Andrew Bailey and left-hander
Craig Breslow, both of whom are scheduled to pitch Monday for the first time since
March 14 due to elbow soreness. Furthermore, right-hander Joey Devine, who
missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, said Sunday he
likely won’t be pitching in Oakland until the third week of April, at the

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