The Oakland A’s recalled outfielder Mark Canha from Triple-A Nashville just before the start of their game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. To make room for Canha on the A’s roster, Oakland designated outfielder Jaff Decker for assignment.
Canha opened the year on the A’s roster, but got off to a very slow start and was sent down to Triple-A on April 15. He had only three hits in 19 at-bats during his stint with the A’s. Canha showed improvement with the Sounds. A recent slump dropped his average to .232, but 10 walks and nine extra-base hits have Canha posting an 857 OPS. He hit five homers for the Sounds, four of them coming against right-handed pitchers.
While with the Sounds, Canha played mostly right field, but he did appear in three games in centerfield. He takes over as the back-up centerfielder with Decker off the roster.
Decker got off to a hot start with the A’s after joining the team in place of Canha on April 15. However, he had slumped recently and was batting only .125 over his last 10 games. Overall, Decker hit .200/.322/.260 in 50 at-bats with Oakland. Decker will be exposed to waivers. The A’s have designated three players for assignment so far this season. They were able to keep Raul Alcantara as a non-roster player, but they lost Cesar Valdez on a waiver claim to Toronto.