The Oakland A's released right-handed reliever Taylor Thompson on Saturday, bringing the total number of players released from camp to 11. Thompson spent most of last season on the A's disabled list after he injured his right shoulder during spring training. The former Chicago White Sox's prospect returned to the field late in the season with High-A Stockton and then Triple-A Nashville and was designated for assignment soon after completing his rehab assignment. He cleared waivers and remained on the A's Triple-A roster the rest of the season.
Thompson was a minor league free agent during the off-season, but he re-signed with the A's and came to big league camp as a non-roster invitee. He walked four in 1.2 innings in big league camp.
Thompson was a 44th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2009. He appeared in five games with the White Sox in 2014 and carries a 2.95 ERA in 296.1 career minor league innings. Thompson is a hard thrower who has struck-out more than a batter an inning during his minor league career (315).