A’s Designate Mortensen For Assignment

The A's announced that they designated right-hander Clayton Mortensen for assignment to create roster space for Grant Balfour, whose two-year deal is now official.'

Mortensen, a 2007 supplementary first round pick, has appeared in eight big league games over the course of the past two campaigns. He has posted a 7.12 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 15 walks in 26 2/3 innings for the A's and Cardinals in his big league career. The 25-year-old has a 4.29 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 as a minor leaguer.

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