OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's today announced that right-handed pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been claimed on waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. To take his spot on the roster, the A's have selected right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis from Triple-A Sacramento.
Loaiza began the 2007 season on the 15-day disabled list with spasms in his right trapezius muscle and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 4. He was later diagnosed with a bulging disc in his neck and torn meniscus in his right knee and made two starts with Sacramento on a rehab assignment before having surgery on the knee on May 31. Loaiza began a second rehab assignment on Aug. 1 and went 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA in four starts before he was reinstated from the DL on August 22. He went 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA in two starts with Oakland this year and was 12-9 with a 4.62 ERA in 28 starts in two seasons with the A's. Loaiza is 124-108 with a 4.60 ERA in 362 career appearances, 325 starts, in 13 seasons in the Majors. He is in the second year of a three-year contract through 2008 with a club option for 2009.
Lewis joins the A's for the second time this year after going 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA in 19 games, one start, during his first stint. He was selected by Oakland on May 22 and allowed 10 runs in 3.1 innings in a start that night at Chicago. Lewis was then moved to the bullpen and retired 24 batters in a row at one point while compiling a 5.24 ERA in relief. He was designated for assignment on July 16 and sent outright to Sacramento on July 19. Lewis was 8-3 with a 1.88 ERA in 15 starts with the River Cats, including 3-2 with a 1.40 ERA in seven starts after he was sent down by Oakland in July. He allowed a .202 opponents batting average, including .190 against left-handed hitters and .167 with runners in scoring position.