OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired pitcher David Purcey from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league pitcher Danny Farquhar.
Purcey, selected by Toronto with the 16th overall pick of the 2004 draft, made five relief appearances for the Jays this season and has surrendered three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
The left-hander, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, made 12 starts with the Blue Jays in 2008 and posted a record of 3-6 with a 5.54 ERA. He owns a career big league mark of 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 59 games, including 21 starts.
Farquhar will head back to Toronto after being traded to the Athletics last November in a deal that sent outfielder Rajai Davis to the Blue Jays. Farquhar, a 24-year-old right-hander, had allowed one unearned run in eight innings at Triple-A Sacramento this season.
Oakland also had to make a move to get Purcey on the 40-man roster and did so by transferring pitcher Rich Harden to the 60-day disabled list. Harden, who signed with Oakland as a free agent last December, was placed on the 15-day DL in March with a strained right shoulder.
04/18 13:27:31 ET
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