The Oakland A's officially added Eric Surkamp to their 25-man roster on Friday. He will make his regular season Oakland A's debut on Friday night in Seattle against Taijuan Walker and the Mariners. To make room for Surkamp on the 25-man roster, the A's optioned outfielder Andrew Lambo to Triple-A Nashville. Injured reliever R.J. Alvarez was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, opening a spot for Surkamp on the 40-man roster.
Surkamp has 78 innings of major-league experience. He made his major league debut in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants. At the time, he was one of the Giants' top pitching prospects. Surkamp injured his elbow in the spring of 2012 and missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made one appearance for the Giants in 2013 and was then traded to the Chicago White Sox. Surkamp made 35 appearances for the White Sox in 2014, mostly as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. He had a 4.81 ERA in 24.1 innings for Chicago that season.
Last year, Surkamp split his season between the White Sox's and Dodgers' organizations. He spent most of the season in Triple-A but did make one relief appearance for LA. He signed with the A's as a minor league free agent during the off-season.
Surkamp is a crafty left-hander with a deep arsenal of pitches that includes a fastball, slider, cutter, change-up and curveball. He replaces the injured Felix Doubront in the A's rotation for now. Doubront is on the DL with a left elbow injury. Lambo will re-join the Sounds' roster. Nashville has also added Ryan Brasier off of the inactive list to their active roster.