Athletics Outright Marcus Walden

The A’s have outrighted the contract of Marcus Walden off the 40-man roster to Double-A Midland, according to the team’s transactions page. Walden was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays earlier this season.

The 25-year-old Walden has struggled in both the International League (with Toronto) and the Pacific Coast League (with Oakland) this season. In a total of 63 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level, he’s pitched to a 6.22 ERA with 4.9 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9. Toronto’s loss of Walden drew plenty of criticism at the time, as he was only exposed to waivers due to some questionable¬†40-man roster management. As Gregor Chisholm and Jamie Ross of wrote in April, the Jays called Walden up after designating Jeremy Jeffress for assignment, but only because their intended call-up, Chad Jenkins, hadn’t spent the required 10 days in the minor leagues after being optioned out at the end of Spring Training.

Walden didn’t pitch in a game for Toronto and found himself designated for assignment just over a week later when the club needed a roster spot for Munenori Kawasaki, following Maicer Izturis‘ season-ending injury.

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