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Braves purchased the contract of C Anthony Recker from Triple-A Gwinnett.

He'll serve as Tyler Flowers' backup this weekend while Kurt Suzuki (bereavement) is away. Recker is a .199/.283/.348 career hitter at the major league level.

Braves placed C Kurt Suzuki on the bereavement list.

Suzuki will be away for the weekend in order to attend his grandfather's funeral. Anthony Recker has replaced him on the roster.

Marlins recalled RHP Brian Ellington from Triple-A New Orleans.

He's taking David Phelps' spot on the roster and in the bullpen. The hard-throwing Ellington has struggled in the majors this season with a 7.71 ERA over 11 2/3 innings.

Athletics recalled RHP Frankie Montas from Triple-A Nashville.

Montas holds a 6.91 ERA over 21 relief appearances with the A's this season. He'll provide length in the bullpen.

Athletics recalled 1B/OF Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville.

Olson has batted .184/.310/.449 with four homers over 49 at-bats during his time in the majors this season. He should get some chances in right field.

Cardinals activated OF Randal Grichuk from the 10-day disabled list.

Grichuk missed barely over the minimum amount of a time with a lower back strain. He should see regular starts at least until Stephen Piscotty (groin) returns from the disabled list next week.

Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

Fryer hit an ugly .155/.277/.197 this season and hardly played as Yadier Molina's backup. He's being replaced on the roster by Carson Kelly.

Cardinals activated LHP Zach Duke from the 60-day disabled list.

Duke made a rapid recovery from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries, as he's returned to the majors barely over nine months after the procedures. The left-hander tossed nine scoreless innings with a 10/1 K/BB ratio during his rehab assignment to show the Cards he was ready.

Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis.

Tuivailala boasts a 2.14 ERA over 18 appearances in the big leagues this season, but he had made just one appearance since the All-Star break. Zach Duke is back from the disabled list to take his spot in the bullpen.

Cardinals optioned OF Magneuris Sierra to Double-A Springfield.

Sierra sports a .365/.400/.365 batting line during his time in the majors this season, but the Cards have decided they'd rather have the 21-year-old playing regularly in the minors. Randal Grichuk is back from the disabled list to assume his roster spot.

Jumbo Diaz has elected free agency.

Diaz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept an outright assignment. The big righty holds a 5.70 ERA this season and will likely have to settle for a minor league contract.


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