OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's today placed right-handed pitcher Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 17 with a strained right elbow. To take his place on the roster, the A's have selected infielder/outfielder Jermaine Clark from Triple-A Sacramento.
Clark was with the A's earlier this year from May 2 to 14 but appeared in just three games. He walked in his only plate appearance and also scored two runs before he was designated for assignment on May 14. Clark was outrighted to Sacramento on May 18 and appeared in one game on May 19 at Omaha, going 4 for 5 with three RBI, before his return to Oakland. The 28-year old Clark was hitting .258 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 25 games overall with the River Cats.
Dotel was 1-2 with seven saves and a 3.52 ERA in 15 relief appearances with the A's. He had four blown saves over five outings from April 30 to May 11 and is tied for the Major League lead with four blown saves. The A's now have six players on the disabled list as Dotel joins Chad Bradford (herniated disc, lower back), Kiko Calero (right elbow tendinitis), Bobby Crosby (stress fracture in ribs), Rich Harden (strained left oblique) and Nick Swisher (right AC joint sprain).