Athletics designate Jharel Cotton for assignment

Bill Baer

Teams have until 8 PM tonight to set their 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft. In that effort, the Athletics designated pitcher Jharel Cotton for assignment to open up a spot on their 40-man roster, which went to pitcher Daulton Jefferies, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports.

It’s a sad end to Cotton’s tenure with the A’s. Acquired from the Dodgers in August 2016 in the Rich Hill/Josh Reddick deal, Cotton was one of the organization’s more interesting pitching prospects. After impressing in five starts at the end of the 2016 season — he allowed just seven earned runs with 23 strikeouts and four walks over 29 1/3 innings — he struggled in 2017 before having to undergo Tommy John surgery. During his rehab assignment this year, Cotton suffered a hamstring injury which required a debridement procedure. He returned in mid-July, pitching out of the bullpen, but continued to struggle, posting a 7.71 ERA over 18 2/3 innings of work through the end of the season.

Cotton should find another opportunity elsewhere, but he will have to prove himself at Triple-A first before making his first major league appearance since September 24, 2017.

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