Athletics designate Eric O’Flaherty for assignment

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The Athletics announced on Twitter that reliever Eric O’Flaherty has been designated for assignment. Pitcher Aaron Brooks, acquired from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist trade, has been recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take the vacant spot on the roster.

O’Flaherty, 30, struggled in 21 1/3 innings with the A’s, posting a 5.91 ERA with a 15/13 K/BB ratio. The lefty spent some time on the disabled list between May 1 and June 4 due to inflammation in his left shoulder. O’Flaherty is owed the remainder of his $5.5 million salary for the year.

Manager Bob Melvin said it was a tough call to cut O’Flaherty, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.