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Grichuk, Duke ac­ti­vated from DL

CHICAGO — The St. Louis Car­di­nals ac­ti­vated out­fielder Ran­dal Grichuk and re­liever Zach Duke from the dis­abled list be­fore Fri­day’s vic­tory over the Chicago Cubs and re­called catch­ing prospect Car­son Kelly from Class AAA Mem­phis.

St. Louis also ac­quired mi­nor league out­fielder Tyler O’Neill in a trade with Seat­tle for left-han­der Marco Gon­za­les, and des­ig­nated catcher Eric Fryer for as­sign­ment. Right-han­der Sam Tuiv­ailala and out­fielder Mag­neuris Sierra were op­tioned to the mi­nors af­ter Thurs­day’s 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.

The Car­di­nals be­gan Fri­day in fourth place in the Na­tional League Cen­tral, 4½ games back of di­vi­sion-lead­ing Mil­wau­kee.

Kelly, who turned 23 on July 14, is re­garded as one of St. Louis’ top prospects. He hit .283 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 68 games with Mem­phis.

He was thrust into ac­tion against the Cubs when All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was scratched with right an­kle dis­com­fort. The Car­di­nals said Molina was avail­able off the bench.

Grichuk was side­lined by a lower back in­jury. He started the se­ries opener against Chicago and hit a home run in his first plate ap­pear­ance, hit­ting a drive to left in the sec­ond in­ning for a solo shot off Jake Ar­ri­eta in the Car­di­nals’ 11-4 vic­tory.

Grichuk made a re­hab ap­pear­ance with Class AA Spring­field on Wed­nes­day and went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run.

Duke, 34, is com­ing back from Tommy John surgery in Oc­to­ber. He went 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 81 games last sea­son for St. Louis and the Chicago White Sox.

“It’s re­ally a sur­prise to all of us in the sense that he would be able to con­trib­ute this month,” Mozeliak said. “I re­ally thought if we saw him some time in Au­gust, that would be great.”

O’Neill, a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, hit .244 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 93 games with Class AAA Ta­coma. He will re­port to Mem­phis.

“This is a player that has a lot of of­fen­sive up­side,” Mozeliak said. “At 22, he has ac­com­plished a lot al­ready at Triple A. So, for us, it just adds to our of­fen­sive depth.”


Bryant still side­lined

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs third base­man Kris Bryant was out of the lineup Fri­day with a fin­ger in­jury and could miss this week­end’s se­ries against the St. Louis Car­di­nals.

Bryant sprained his left lit­tle fin­ger on a head­first slide in the first in­ning of Chicago’s 8-2 vic­tory at At­lanta on Wed­nes­day. X-rays were neg­a­tive, but Bryant is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sore­ness and there is some con­cern about grip­ping a bat.

“We’re go­ing to do this a day-by-day thing,” Man­ager Joe Mad­don said be­fore Fri­day’s game against St. Louis. “I re­ally don’t know. If I had to guess, prob­a­bly not to­mor­row, too, and pos­si­bly on Sun­day. But I re­ally don’t know.”

Bryant, 25, is hit­ting .275 with 19 home runs and 40 RBI in 88 games. He won the NL MVP award last year, help­ing the Cubs to their first World Se­ries ti­tle since 1908.

Javier Baez got the start at third for Chicago’s se­ries-open­ing loss against the Car­di­nals.

INDIANS Lo­gan goes on DL

CLEVE­LAND — Cleve­land Indians pitcher Boone Lo­gan has been placed on the 10-day dis­abled list with a left back strain.

Lo­gan fell to the ground and grabbed his left shoul­der af­ter throw­ing a pitch Thurs­day against San Fran­cisco. He was ex­am­ined by a team trainer and walked to the dugout with a latis­simus dorsi strain.

Lo­gan is 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA in 38 ap­pear­ances.

The in­jury is the lat­est to hit Cleve­land’s pitch­ing staff. Right-han­der Corey Klu­ber had his sched­uled start Fri­day pushed back be­cause of a stiff neck. The Indians’ ace, who missed a month ear­lier this sea­son with a back in­jury, could start Sun­day against Toronto.

Danny Salazar, who hasn’t pitched since June 3 be­cause of a sore right shoul­der, will be ac­ti­vated from the DL and start Satur­day. He’s 3-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 games (10 starts).

Left-han­der Tyler Ol­son was re­called from Class AAA Colum­bus to take Lo­gan’s ros­ter spot.

ATH­LET­ICS Carter signs mi­nor league deal

NEW YORK — The Oak­land Ath­let­ics have signed free agent slug­ger Chris Carter to a mi­nor league deal and pro­moted right-han­der Frankie Mon­tas and first base­man/out­fielder Matt Ol­son to the ma­jors.

The A’s made the moves be­fore play­ing the New York Mets on Fri­day night.

Carter was re­cently cut by the New York Yan­kees af­ter hit­ting .201 with 8 home runs and 26 RBI. He tied for the Na­tional League lead with 41 home runs for Mil­wau­kee last year but strug­gled as a first base­man and des­ig­nated hit­ter for the Yan­kees.

Carter was as­signed to Class AAA Nashville. He played for Oak­land from 2010-2012 and hit 19 home runs.

Mon­tas was 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA in 21 re­lief ap­pear­ances for Oak­land be­fore be­ing sent down on June 11.

Ol­son is join­ing Oak­land for the fifth time this sea­son. He hit .184 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI in his pre­vi­ous 4 stints.

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