The A's announced, via Twitter, that they have designated left-hander Hideki Okajima for assignment. The move allows Oakland to select the contract of right-hander Pat Neshek, who was designated for assignment and outrighted to Triple-A last month.
The 37-year-old Okajima pitched to a 4.22 ERA for Triple-A Sacramento with 9.5 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 42 2/3 innings of work. The longtime Red Sox reliever yielded five earned runs in one inning in his final outing with Sacramento. He did see some brief time in the Majors with Oakland this season, allowing a run on seven hits and a pair of walks in four innings of work.
Okajima is the latest in a wave of players to be designated for assignment in order to clear room for September callups, and you can track all of those situations using MLBTR's DFA Tracker.