OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's today placed right-handed pitcher Kiko Calero on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 9 with tendinitis in his right elbow. To take his spot on the roster the A's have selected right-handed pitcher Tim Harikkala from Triple-A Sacramento. To clear a spot for Harikkala on the 40-man roster, the A's have designated infielder Adam Morrissey for assignment.
Harikkala was 1-2 with a team leading three saves and a 1.27 ERA in 11 relief appearances with Sacramento. He allowed a .181 opponents batting average, which included a .148 mark against left-handed hitters and a .050 (1 for 20) average with runners in scoring position. The 33-year old Harikkala was with the A's this spring and posted a 7.36 ERA in nine relief appearances before he was outrighted to Sacramento on March 29. He made his Major League debut with Seattle in 1995 and last pitched in the Majors last year with Colorado, going 6-6 with a 4.74 ERA in 55 relief appearances.
Calero was 2-0 with a save and an 8.68 ERA in 10 relief appearances with the A's. He did not allow a run over his first seven outings and 8.1 innings pitched but he did not pitch over an 11-game span from April 17 to 28 because of the elbow tendinitis. Calero has allowed nine runs in 1.0 innings over his last three outings.
Harikkala's 2005 statistics with Sacramento follow: