Athletics activate A.J. Griffin from the disabled list, option him to Triple-A

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The Athletics activated pitcher A.J. Griffin from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, closer Sean Doolittle was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Per Slusser, manager Bob Melvin says Griffin isn’t quite ready to return to the majors yet, as he’s only up to about 80 pitches. The 27-year-old right-hander, on the road back from Tommy John surgery, has made three rehab starts. He pitched well in his first two at Single-A, but struggled in his most recent, allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings at Triple-A.

Griffin will make a few more starts at Triple-A. If he can prove himself useful, the A’s might bring him up to the major leagues by the All-Star break. Griffin hasn’t pitched in the majors since the end of the 2013 season.

As for Doolittle, his move to the 60-day disabled list means the A’s won’t be seeing him back for a while, if at all this season. He’s battling a left shoulder injury.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).