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Pitchers Dallas Braden and Joey Devine cleared outright waivers and elected free agency Tuesday rather than accept the A's outright assignment to Triple-A Sacramento.

Braden, who missed the entire 2012 season as he continued his rehab from May 17, 2011 surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder, threw the 19th perfect game in major league history for the A's in 2010.

Braden was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 28 and was transferred to the 60-day DL April 22. After experiencing discomfort while rehabbing, Braden had another surgery Aug. 21 to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek, who also did his shoulder capsule surgery.

"It's nothing that came as a shock," Braden said. "Bottom line, if you don't go out and pitch or perform, you can't expect anything at all. I'm very thankful to be given this opportunity to try to make the dream come true, as cliché as it sounds."

Braden said he should be cleared to throw in the next month, but he's likely to be sidelined for the first half of the 2013 season.

The 29-year-old left-hander is 26-36 with a 4.16 ERA in 94 career appearances, including 79 starts, in five seasons with the A's.

Devine also missed the entire season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow for the second time. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 28 retroactive to March 24 and the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 20.


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Devine's surgery included an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, an ulnar nerve transposition and a debridement of the flexor tendon. Devine also had "Tommy John" surgery on the same elbow April 21, 2009 and missed the entire 2009 and 2010 seasons.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 8-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 93 career relief appearances, including 7-2 with a 1.57 ERA in 68 games in two seasons with the A's.