Oakland Athletics: A’s activate Matt Joyce from DL, option Jake Smolinski

The Oakland Athletics officially reinstated outfielder Matt Joyce from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Nashville, ahead of the club’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

Beforegoing on the 10-day disabled list with a lumbar strain, Joyce was batting .196 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs in 55 games. He was placed on the DL June 6, retroactive to June 3.

Joyce, 33, began a rehab assignment with Nashville on Monday, and went 6-for-12 (.500) with two doubles and two walks over three games. He played two of those games in left field and one at designated hitter.

The left-handed hitting Joyce has made 38 starts this year, all against right-handed pitchers. He leads American League pinch hitters in doubles (3), extra base hits (4) and plate appearances (15) and is tied for the lead in hits (5) and home runs (1).

Smolinski was recalled from Nashville on June 10 and went 1-for-5 (.200) in four games, even pitching an inning on June 13 against Houston. Smolinski was on the A’s Opening Day roster, but  hit .118 with two RBIs in 16 games before he was optioned to Triple-A on May 16. Smolinksi is batting .128 with no home runs and two RBIs in 20 games overall.

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