Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 1 month ago

O'Flaherty was traded to the Braves on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's not clear what the Pirates will receive in return in the deal, but because O'Flaherty was a non-roster invitee who was uncertain to make the Pirates out of spring training, the Braves will probably only have to shell out minor cash considerations. O'Flaherty, who previously pitched for the Braves to great success from 2009 through 2013, will look to get his career back on track after generally struggling during stops with the Athletics and Mets since working his way back from May 2013 Tommy John surgery.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 3 months ago

O'Flaherty signed a minor league contract with the Pirates on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

O'Flaherty had a rough season last year with an 8.10 ERA in 30 innings pitched, but from 2010 to 2014, the left-hander was one of the better southpaws in baseball. There aren't a lot of lefties beyond Tony Watson in the Pirates bullpen at the moment, so he stands a good chance of getting a bullpen spot if he can return to his dominant form from when he was with Atlanta.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 10 months ago

O'Flaherty struggled on Friday night, allowing four hits and two earned runs over 1.1 innings.

O'Flaherty has had a terrible season and his ERA now stands at 9.00 on the season over 11 innings. This was his fourth appearance since returning off the DL with a shoulder injury. O'Flaherty has a history of effective relief work, but currently is having a significant issue getting outs.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 11 months ago

O'Flaherty (shoulder) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Having completed his brief rehab assignment, O'Flaherty will join Fernando Abad as the only healthy lefties in Oakland's bullpen. That could lead to the occasional save opportunity, but O'Flaherty will probably be a better source of holds. While he's thrown just 45 innings since the beginning of 2013, the veteran lefty has mostly remained effective when healthy, with April of this season being the exception.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 11 months ago

O'Flaherty (shoulder) could return from the DL as soon as Tuesday's series opener against the Tigers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

O'Flaherty made rehab appearances with High-A Stockton and Triple-A Nashville over the past week, tossing two scoreless innings. It doesn't appear he's suffered any negative effects as a result of those outings, so he'll likely be quickly plugged back in as one of manager Bob Melvin's top lefty arms out of the bullpen.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 11 months ago

O'Flaherty (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance with High-A Stockton on Saturday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

It's expected to be O'Flaherty's final rehab appearance before rejoining the major league club. The 30-year-old lefty gave up two hits in his outing with Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, but still managed to make it through the inning with just 14 pitches.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 11 months ago

O'Flaherty (shoulder) began his rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. He gave up two hits during a scoreless inning of relief.

The Athletics will likely have O'Flaherty one or two more times for Nashville before returning from the DL. O'Flaherty was 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA and 7:5 K:BB ratio over seven innings prior to being diagnosed with a shoulder strain.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 11 months ago

O'Flaherty (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday and is expected to head out on a rehab assignment this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

O'Flaherty is on the DL with shoulder soreness but shouldn't be out much longer. He'll likely need only a handful of rehab appearances before returning to the Oakland bullpen.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 11 months ago

O'Flaherty (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Monday, John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune reports.

O'Flaherty was placed on the 15-day DL in early May with a shoulder strain, but received a dose of good news in that an earlier MRI revealed no structural damage. He may only need to throw a couple of bullpen sessions before the Athletics feel comfortable sending him out on a rehab assignment.

Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 11 months ago

O'Flaherty (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session by the end of the week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The A's were planning to shut O'Flaherty down until the pain in his shoulder went away, so it appears he is feeling better now. It's not clear when he will be ready to join the big club, but he iis eligible to be activated from the big club at any point.