Diamondbacks RHP prospect Max Duval fanned six hitters over a career-high eight scoreless innings Sunday in a win for Low-A Kane County.
He held visiting Beloit to four hits while spinning 72 of his 99 pitches for strikes. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the 25-year-old. Duval has been very well-traveled this year, appearing in games for Kane County, High-A Visalia, Short-Season Hillsboro and even the team's Arizona League affiliate. The results have mostly been solid for Duval, who carries a 3.55 ERA over 14 outings (11 starts) in 2016.
Athletics activated DH Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Butler suffered a concussion last weekend in a clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia. The two have since apologized, to each other and to the A's organization. Butler has a disappointing .286/.338/.419 batting line with four homers and 30 RBI in 228 plate appearances this season.
Athletics optioned INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara to High-A Stockton.
The move clears a 25-man roster spot for Billy Butler, who was activated off the 7-day concussion disabled list in a corresponding move. Alcantara is 3-for-15 with eight strikeouts this season in the major leagues.
Cardinals recalled LHP Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis.
Kiekhefer will be available out of the St. Louis bullpen on Monday night in Milwaukee. The left-hander has allowed seven runs in 14 innings this year at the MLB level.
Cardinals placed RHP Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, with shingles.
Leake was diagnosed with the virus last week and had to be scratched from his scheduled start Saturday versus the Athletics. Top prospect Alex Reyes took that start instead, and will presumably get another turn this week in Cincinnati. There is no timetable for Leake's return, as shingles can be pretty unpredictable.