Decker joined the A's camp as a non-roster invitee looking to claim a major league roster spot as the team's fifth outfielder, something that is within reach with Jake Smolinski sidelined for the start of the season. It's unclear how much longer the minor oblique injury will sideline him, but the 27-year-old could be in jeopardy of missing the Opening Day cut if he isn't able to return to the field shortly.
It appears as though Frazier will still need a decent amount of time on the DL before rejoining the big-league club due to an oblique injury that has sidelined him since Aug. 8. There will likely be a clear timetable once he's allowed to start swinging again, which should occur before the end of the weekend.
Sanchez was pulled during his previous start last Wednesday with left hamstring tightness, but is showing positive signs of recovery as he inches closer toward his activation. It appears as though the right-hander will need another week on the disabled list, since it's likely that the club will want him to complete a bullpen or two before heading back to the mound.
In an effort to make room for Drew Anderson on their roster, the Phillies are sending Perkins back to Lehigh Valley. Perkins hasn't been an intriguing fantasy option this season, as he owns a .177 batting average and .480 OPS.
Anderson was promoted to Triple-A on Tuesday, but is headed up to the big club without having pitched an inning for Lehigh Valley. Anderson has started 21 games at Double-A Reading this season, during which he's notched a 3.59 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. However, the Phillies may opt to use Anderson from the bullpen in order to ease him into the majors. In a corresponding move, Cameron Perkins was optioned to Lehigh Valley.
Montero will head to the bench following two straight starts behind the plate as Raffy Lopez draws the assignment. Since coming off the DL (groin) on Aug. 16, Montero has gone 4-for-16 with one home run and two RBI, and will continue to see a majority of the starts while Russell Martin recovers from an oblique injury.
This marks the second time all season that Pearce will bat in the leadoff position for Toronto, the first coming in April. He's been tearing it up at the plate as of late, hitting .318/.404/.523 since Aug. 8. Pearce continues to earn everyday starts out in left field, and could see more time at the beginning of the order while manager John Gibbons tinkers with his lineup.
With Angel Sanchez headed to the majors, Santana is returning to Indianapolis just a day after being recalled. He pitched two innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday and gave up two runs, which brought his ERA up to 6.52 for the season.
Zimmer will head back to the bench for the fifth time in the past nine games while trying to right himself out of a month-long slump. In his place, Austin Jackson draws the assignment in center field while batting second.
Santana will spend another day on the bench following Monday's removal due to back spasms. He sat out Tuesday and could miss more time depending on how quickly he is recovering from the setback. Santana should be considered day-to-day for the time being, while Edwin Encarnacion draws another start at first base and Yandy Diaz gets the nod at DH.
Gennett scored two runs and hit his 22nd home run of the season Tuesday, but will head to the bench for Wednesday's contest. He'll likely return to action for Thursday's outing when Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the Cubs. With Gennett out Wednesday, Jose Peraza will start at second base.
Belt has yet to make much progress recovering from a concussion that landed him on the disabled list Aug. 5. With Belt out for the foreseeable future, Ryder Jones is in line to receive regular starts at first base for the Giants.
Jonathan Villar will start at second against a lefty (Matt Moore), as he did Sunday against Kyle Freeland. The 31-year-old Walker has hit safely in all eight games with Milwaukee since the trade from New York, with a homer and 5:2 BB:K over that span, but it looks like he and Villar will platoon at the keystone for the time being.
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