Yankees tell Jesus Montero to skip winter ball

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Jesus Montero won’t participate in winter ball after the Yankees decided he’s played enough games this year, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News.

Montero played 109 games at Triple-A prior to being called up on September 1 and got into 18 more games for the Yankees down the stretch, totaling 532 plate appearances overall.

He caught 91 of those 127 games, although Montero was behind the plate just three times in five weeks following his promotion to the majors.

He’s in line to be the Yankees’ regular designated hitter as a 22-year-old rookie next season after going 20-for-61 (.328) with four homers, four doubles, and seven walks in his debut.

Khris Davis diagnosed with Grade 1 right groin strain

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Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners and figures to miss around 2-3 weeks.

Davis has put up an .805 OPS (119 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 47 games this season for the A’s, who are two games above .500 (25-23) largely because of their surprisingly consistent offensive production. Oakland is ninth among all MLB teams in runs scored and the club ranks seventh in combined team OPS (.748), behind only the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.

It sounds like Franklin Barreto is on his way up from Triple-A Nashville to take Davis’ spot.