Chris Mascaro
Thursday April 10th, 2014

Jim Johnson (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Jim Johnson is 18-28 with a 3.24 ERA and 123 saves in 365 career appearances. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

After allowing seven runs in only 3 1/3 innings in his first five outings with the A's, Jim Johnson is out as the team's closer, manager Bob Melvin announced on Thursday.

Among the options to replace Johnson are right-handers Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Dan Otero, and lefty Sean Doolittle.

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"There's no timetable," Melvin said about Johnson's possible return to the role. "Let's just get him straightened out. And we have plenty of options. That's the good thing about our team, our versatility. We'll play it by ear based on how the game's going, who's available on that particular day."

The A's traded for Johnson in December after they lost Grant Balfour to the Rays. Oakland is paying him $10 million this season and he'll be a free agent in the offseason.

The 30-year-old, who was an All-Star in 2012, allowed the Twins to tie Wednesday's game in the ninth inning after giving up two runs on two hits and two walks in only one-third of an inning. Oakland won the game in 11 innings.

Johnson has a 4.50 WHIP on the season.

"I'm trying to figure out what's going on," he said before Thursday's game in Minnesota. "The ball's not going where I want it to go consistently. Try to get it sorted out, try to get locked in. … I wish I had an answer."
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