The A’s announced Wednesday that they’ve designated right-hander Carlos Ramirez for assignment. His spot will go to outfielder Boog Powell, who has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Oakland also announced that young outfielder Dustin Fowler has been optioned to Nashville as well.
Ramirez, 27, was claimed off waivers out of the Blue Jays organization earlier this year and appeared in three games earlier this summer before being optioned to Nashville in mid-June. Ramirez has logged 25 innings in the Majors between Toronto and Oakland, pitching to a 2.88 ERA — albeit with a lackluster 19-to-12 K/BB ratio. He’s spent parts of two seasons at the Triple-A level as well, where he’s notched a 3.50 ERA with 9.5 K/9 against 4.5 BB/9 in 46 1/3 innings.
The A’s will have a week to find a taker for Ramirez or run him through outright waivers in hopes of keeping him in the organization. He does have two option years remaining beyond the 2018 season, so he could appeal to other organizations in search of some bullpen flexibility.