OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -The Oakland Athletics designated veteran right-hander Jay Witasick for assignment Sunday, giving a chance to Santiago Casilla by calling up the righty from Triple-A Sacramento.
Witasick, limited to 20 games and 22 2-3 innings in 2006 because of an ankle injury, went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in just 16 games and 15 innings for the A's this season. He hasn't pitched since May 29, and had surrendered two runs in his previous five outings - allowing all three of his inherited runners to score.
``It was a situation obviously of where the A's are and where I'm at,'' Witasick said in between handshakes and goodbyes in the clubhouse. ``I enjoyed my time here and my teammates. That's the hardest part, leaving the guys in this room. I wasn't getting a lot of innings. It's not about anything but playing. I want to go somewhere where I can contribute.''
Healthy and eager to be pitching more regularly, the 34-year-old Witasick hopes to land on a team that can use him. If nothing works out, Witasick said he would consider calling it a career. He broke into the bigs with the A's in 1996.
``I feel good health-wise and arm-wise,'' Witasick said. ``Everything feels great. I enjoy pitching. I'm sure I'll be entertaining some potential offers.''
A's manager Bob Geren managed Casilla in winter ball in the Dominican Republic after the 2005 season. Casilla went 2-1 with three saves and a 4.13 ERA in a team-high 22 relief appearances for Sacramento this season.
``I've been working hard to get an opportunity,'' the pitcher said in Spanish. ``I'm thankful for this chance.''
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