Athletics activated UTIL Ben Zobrist from the 15-day disabled list.
Zobrist wound up missing just under four weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery. It was initially expected that he would be out until the middle of June. The versatile 33-year-old had batted .240/.304/.400 with one home run, five doubles, eight RBI, and eight runs scored through his first 14 games this season.
Padres first base prospect Cody Decker belted a pair of homers Sunday in a win for Triple-A El Paso.
Decker finished with six RBI, padding his season total to 31. The 28-year-old is fourth in the Pacific Coast League in homers (10), sixth in RBI and seventh in slugging percentage (.581). Decker also posted two homers in six RBI May 8 in a win against Las Vegas. Sunday was Decker's 13th career multi-home run game. He's hitting .304 in May after batting just .229 in April.
Athletics optioned OF Craig Gentry to Triple-A Nashville.
Gentry is sporting a horrendous .079/.163/.079 batting line in 43 plate appearances this season for the Athletics. He'll try to figure something out on the farm.
Rangers activated OF Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list.
Hamilton is starting in left field and batting fifth Monday in his first game for the Rangers since the 2012 American League Wild Card round. The 34-year-old batted .364/.391/.545 with five doubles, one home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored on his 12-game minor league rehab assignment, and he's a good bet for high-level fantasy production back with Texas. Get him active in all standard fantasy leagues.
Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is expected to make a rehab start late this week at Triple-A Fresno.
Lance McCullers has been really good, so the Astros might ask Oberholtzer to make multiple rehab starts and then they could put him in the bullpen when he's deemed healthy. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since May 14 with a blister on his pitching hand.
Nationals pitching prospect Paolo Espino looked sharp in Sunday's win for Triple-A Syracuse, allowing just four hits over seven shutout innings.
Espino began the year with Double-A Harrisburg but was promoted to Syracuse when Taylor Jordan got called up to Washington. The 28-year-old helped his own cause Sunday by bashing a three-run homer. Espino, who was winless in his previous eight outings, has now thrown over 1,000 innings in his minor league career.
Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' starting lineup on Monday afternoon versus the Rangers.
Gomes went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game back from the disabled list Sunday. He had missed six weeks with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Roberto Perez is at catcher Monday versus Rangers righty Phil Klein.
Twins pitching prospect Aaron Slegers recorded his first career shutout Sunday for High-A Fort Myers.
Slegers finished with a career-high nine strikeouts. The 6'10" workhorse has pitched seven innings or more in three of his last five starts, going 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA over that stretch. Slegers has limited opponents to a .204 average with 18 strikeouts in 26 innings this month.