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Jay Witasick


The A's activated Witasick from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.


Witasick was placed in the disabled on June 23 with left ankle tendinitis. He is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.


Witasick was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday because of a sprained left ankle. The right-hander was injured while covering first base on a play in the eighth inning of Thursday's loss to the Twins. Witasick has appeared in three games this season, allowing six hits, three earned runs and walking four in five innings.


The Oakland Athletics and Witasick came to terms on a two-year, $2.75 million deal that includes a $2 million option for 2008. The veteran reliever signed a few days after filing for free agency. Witasick pitched for Colorado and Oakland in 2005, posting a 1-5 record, one save and 2.84 ERA between the two clubs.


On Wednesday, the Colorado Rockies traded Witasick and lefthander Joe Kennedy to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Eric Byrnes and shortstop prospect Omar Quintanilla. Witasick had been impressive working out of the Rockies' bullpen, going 0-4 but posting a 2.52 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.


The Colorado Rockies have purchased Witasick's contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs, replacing the struggling Scott Dohmann in the bullpen. The veteran righthander inked a minor league deal with the Rockies shortly after being released by the Baltimore Orioles three weeks ago. He spent the 2004 campaign with the San Diego Padres, going 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA and one save.

Witasick will serve as a setup man with the Rockies.


As anticipated, Witasick has asked for and been granted his release by the Baltimore Orioles. Rather than accept a minor league assignment, the veteran righthander hopes to catch on with another team. He made 44 relief appearances with the San Diego Padres last season, going 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA and one save. He struck out 57 batters and walked 26 in 61.2 innings.