Rich Thompson (pitcher, born 1984)
Thompson with the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim
|Born: 1 July 1984|
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
|1 September, 2007, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
|Last MLB appearance|
|23 April, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Earned run average||4.21|
|Olympic medal record|
|Athens 2004||Team Competition|
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Thompson had his contract purchased by the Angels' major league club on 1 September, 2007, marking the first time he was on the major league roster. He made his major league debut on that same day against the Texas Rangers
In 2008, Thompson began the season with the Angels after relievers Chris Bootcheck and Scot Shields began the season on the disabled list. However, after allowing five earned runs on four hits in his only outing against the Texas Rangers, Thompson was optioned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees to make way for Shields. He made one more appearance with the Angels, but became hurt pitching in Memphis for the Triple-A team. He spent the majority of his 2008 season rehabbing his shoulder injury in Arizona and finished the season with the Bees.
On 14 April 2012, the Angels designated Thompson for assignment.
On 20 April 2012, the Oakland Athletics claimed him off waivers. On 25 April 2012, the Athletics designated Thompson for assignment. On 27 April 2012, the Athletics outrighted Thompson to their Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats.
Toronto Blue Jays
Thompson injured himself prior to breaking camp with the Blue Jays and is still listed as inactive (not released or retired) with the AAA team as of 2019.