Athletics place Conor Jackson on DL once again

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Conor Jackson, who just rejoined the Athletics on Monday, was placed on the DL for the third time this season Friday with a strained abdominal muscle.
The A’s acquired Jackson from the Diamondbacks on June to step in as their starting left fielder, but he’s played in just 18 games since, hitting .228/.362/.316 with five RBI.
After Jackson’s previous injury, the A’s opted to give top prospect Chris Carter a look in left field. Carter, though, was sent down to make room for Jackson on Monday and wasn’t brought back following a very rough week in the majors. Jeff Larish was recalled instead.
That would seem to suggest that Travis Buck could get a look in the outfield to see if he should be in Oakland’s plans for 2011. Buck hit .288/.377/.474 in 285 at-bats as a 23-year-old rookie in 2007, but he’s been used sparingly by the A’s since due to injuries and ineffectiveness.
If Buck can establish himself, it’s far less likely that Jackson will be invited back next year. Jackson is making $3.1 million this season, so he’s likely to be non-tendered this winter, though he could always be re-signed at a lesser price.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.