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A’s Designate RHP Johnson For Assignment

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OAKLAND, CA - JULY 23:  Jim Johnson #45 of the Oakland Athletics stands on the pitchers mound next to John Jaso #5 and Josh Donaldson #20 after giving up a run against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum on July 23, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – JULY 23: Jim Johnson #45 of the Oakland Athletics stands on the pitchers mound next to John Jaso #5 and Josh Donaldson #20 after giving up a run against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum on July 23, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

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The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A’s.

Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job.

He allowed four runs on three hits without retiring a batter in Wednesday night’s 9-7 victory over the Astros.

Johnson led the AL in saves in each of the past two seasons, with 50 last year and 51 in 2012.

Evan Scribner was recalled to replace Johnson on the 25-man roster.

Updated July 24, 2014

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