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Oakland A’s recall Mark Canha from Triple-A, DFA Jaff Decker

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland A’s recalled Mark Canha from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, the team announced. To make room on the 25-man roster, outfielder Jaff Decker was designated for assignment.

Canha opened the season in Oakland but got off to an ice-cold start: 2-for-19, no walks, six strikeouts, and some questionable defense in the outfield. That earned him a trip down to the minors to get back on track, and to his credit he did just that in 19 games of everyday play.

Canha, AAA*: .232/.345/.507, 122 wRC+, 5 HR, 11.9% BB, 19.0% Ks

* in 84 plate appearances

Meanwhile, Decker was signed as a minor league free agent last winter and impressed during spring training. He didn’t break camp with the team but got the call in mid-April, to replace none other than the struggling Canha.

Unfortunately, Decker didn’t show enough on either side of the ball to warrant sticking around. He’s a decent enough backup in CF, and he’s got some plate discipline, but the A’s will look in another direction for their fourth outfielder needs.

Decker, MLB*: .200/.322/.260, 76 wRC+, 0 HR, 12.9% BB, 27.4% Ks

* in 62 plate appearances

We’ll find out Decker’s fate sometime over the next two weeks. He could potentially be claimed on waivers, or traded, or released, or even wind up back in Nashville. The A’s 40-man roster is now down to 38 players, with two open spots.

The A’s outfield now includes: Khris Davis in LF, Rajai Davis in CF, and presumably Matt Joyce and Canha resuming their season-opening platoon in RF. With this move, Joyce is now the only left-handed hitter among that outfield group.

Hot take: The A’s continue to shift around parts to see what works, which is fair enough. Jaff wasn’t hitting much, and Canha was mashing in Triple-A.

Considering that Canha missed nearly all of 2016 to a long-term injury, it wasn’t a surprise to see him scuffle at the beginning of the year and then figure things out after a few weeks of low-pressure everyday play in the minors. Will it translate into MLB success this time, like it hasn’t since 2015? Stay tuned to find out!

If this is the last we see of Jaff, which is a distinct possibility, then here’s one last highfivebump.