Athletics release LHP Sauerbeck

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) - The Oakland Athletics released reliever Scott Sauerbeck on Tuesday.

The lefthander, who was signed as a free agent on June 19 after being released by Cleveland, posted a 3.65 ERA in 22 relief appearances for the Athletics.

The move was necessitated by Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis breaking his right index finger in Friday’s 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins that propelled the Athletics into their first American League Championship Series since 1990.

With Ellis out for the remainder of the postseason, the A’s purchased the contract of minor league second baseman Mark Kiger, who hit .307 with Class AA Midland and .233 for AAA Sacramento this year. He never has played in the major leagues.

The 34-year-old Sauerbeck is 20-17 with a 3.82 ERA and five saves in 471 games over seven seasons with Pittsburgh, Boston, Cleveland and Oakland.

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Updated Tuesday, Oct 10, 2006