OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's claimed right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's designated left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp for assignment.
Tepesch began the season in the Texas Rangers organization and was 4-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Round Rock when he was released on June 4. He was signed by the Dodgers to a minor league contract two days later and went 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City before he was promoted to Los Angeles June 24. The 27-year-old right-hander started that day at Pittsburgh and allowed five runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings for the loss and was designated for assignment the next day. Tepesch is a combined 7-2 with a 3.66 ERA in 14 starts at Triple-A. He made his Major League debut with Texas in 2013 and is 9-18 with a 4.68 ERA in 43 career appearances, including 40 starts, with the Rangers (2013-14) and Dodgers (2016).
Surkamp was 0-5 with a 6.98 ERA and .327 opponents batting average in nine starts over four stints with the A's. He tossed fewer than five innings in seven of those starts, including last Friday against Los Angeles when he allowed four runs in 3.2 innings in a no decision. Surkamp was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and is 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA in five starts with the Sounds.