Luke Gregerson RP OAK 4 Months

Luke Gregerson allowed two runs on three hits to blow his third save in Tuesday's 5-4 setback against the Rangers.

It could have been worse. Pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland blasted a double to lead off the ninth. Skipper Ron Washington had Robinson Chirinos lay down a bunt to get Moreland to third, and he called a risky suicide squeeze with Leonys Martin up. Martin's bunt came right back to Gregerson, who made a nifty shuffle to Derek Norris to nail Moreland, who may or may not have missed a sign. With two outs, Gregerson hung a pitch that Josh Wilson hammered for a game-tying double, and then Michael Choice singled him in. Gregerson is 3-for-6 in save conversions, and has punted two of his last three, so you have to wonder if Jim Johnson will enter the ninth inning the next time Oakland has a save opportunity.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK 4 Months

Luke Gregerson earned his third save of the season in Sunday's win over the Astros.

Gregerson threw a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one, for the save. He's got a 1.69 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through 10 2/3 innings and although A's manager Bob Melvin has committed to a closer-by-committee, Gregerson has the kind of stuff to be an effective closer. For now, though, he simply remains a player to watch until the situation in Oakland becomes clearer.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK 4 Months

Luke Gregerson blew his second save of the season by coughing up a ninth inning run Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

Nursing a 4-3 lead, Gregerson was brought on to finish things out against the top of Los Angeles' lineup. He didn't have trouble with J.B. Shuck, but consecutive singles put Mike Trout on third and Albert Pujols on first. Howie Kendrick's fielder's choice tied the game before Gregerson was able to escape. Gregerson and Sean Doolittle, the committee appointed to replace Jim Johnson, have both blown saves in the past few days, and Johnson is pitching well again, so one wonders if Bob Melvin is going to get the $10 million man back into the ninth inning the next time Oakland has a save opportunity. It isn't like Gregerson has been bad or anything. He owns a 1.86 ERA and 0.83 WHIP and hadn't given up a run since April 2 prior to this evening.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK 4 Months

Luke Gregerson earned the save for a second consecutive day by hurling a perfect ninth inning Monday against the Angels.

Jim Johnson tossed a scoreless eighth inning when Oakland trailed 2-1, and Gregerson was given the save chance after John Jaso cranked a two-run homer off Ernest Frieri in the top of the ninth. That turn of events also gave Johnson his first 2014 victory (against two losses). Gregerson and the southpaw Sean Doolittle will continue to swap save chances until Bob Melvin regains confidence in Jim Johnson, who is up to three straight scoreless innings.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK 4 Months

After Sean Doolittle did the heavy-lifting, Luke Gregerson retired two of the four Mariners he faced to earn a save on Saturday.

Doolittle pitched a perfect eighth and then retired Kyle Seager to start the ninth. However, after the Mariners decided to pinch-hit Willie Bloomquist for Logan Morrison, the A's countered with Gregerson. He went on to allow back-to-back singles but then struck out Michael Saunders and induced a groundout from John Buck to end it. It's pretty much a free-for-all for saves in the Oakland pen right now, but after Jim Johnson's impressive showing Friday, he might get another try in the ninth within a week or two.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK 5 Months

Luke Gregerson allowed four runs in a third of an inning during Monday's 8-8 tie with the Dodgers.

Gregerson didn't have his best stuff, allowing the four runs on four hits and two walks. Regardless, Gregerson will pitch plenty of seventh and eighth innings bridging the gap to closer Jim Johnson.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK 7 Months

Athletics avoided arbitration with RHP Luke Gregerson by agreeing to a one-year, $5.065 million contract.

It was the final time that Gregerson was arbitration-eligible. The A's setup man boasts a 2.88 career ERA in 363 major league relief appearances.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK 9 Months

Athletics acquired RHP Luke Gregerson from the Padres for OF Seth Smith.

It's been an active couple days for A's general manager Billy Beane. Gregerson has a cool 2.88 career ERA in 363 major league relief appearances and should do well as a setup man for new Oakland closer Jim Johnson.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK 11 Months

With Huston Street unavailable, Luke Gregerson notched his fourth save of the season with a scoreless frame in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Gregerson issued a two-out walk to Neil Walker, but he got a third groundout of the inning to end it. The righty now holds a 2.83 ERA and 58/17 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 frames this season. With Street due back Wednesday, Gregerson will slide back into a setup role.

Luke Gregerson RP OAK Jul 31 '13

The Padres decided to hang onto Luke Gregerson despite ample interest during Wednesday's deadline.

The 29-year-old has a 2.91 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this season. He'll remain San Diego property next in 2014 but can hit free agency heading into 2015.