Jaff Decker

#37 RF / Oakland Athletics / EXP: 4YRS / MINORS Height: 5-9 Weight: 190 lb Age: 27 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Decker (oblique) is scheduled to rejoin the Athletics for Monday's Cactus League game against the Royals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Decker seems to be in the clear from the oblique injury, as he was cleared to play five innings in center field in a minor-league game Sunday. Assuming he comes out of that appearance OK, he'll be available Monday for the A's, though he may not be included in the lineup. The 27-year-old is competing for a reserve gig in the outfield with the big club.

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    • Decker says his oblique injury has subsided and he will play in a minor league game Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It's great news for Decker, who is battling Alejandro De Aza for a reserve outfield role on the Oakland roster. The lefty has put together a solid spring thus far, slashing .304/.407/.478 through 16 Cactus League games. Look for him to return to regular action within the coming week.

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    • Decker (oblique) took 60 swings in the batting cage Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He hopes to participate in batting practice Friday and suit up for a minor league game Saturday. Decker is ramping up his activity in his quest to break camp with Oakland. The former prospect had been hitting well this spring (.304/.407/.478 in 23 at-bats) before this setback.

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    • Decker (oblique) will participate in on-field baseball activities except batting practice Thursday, though he'll hit off a tee, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports. The once-hyped prospect is making progress in rehabbing his injury and has handled the bat well this spring, owning a .304/.407/.478 line that includes four doubles, two RBI, four walks and four runs over 23 at-bats. If he can return to action and sustain that performance, Decker could lock down a roster spot when the A's break camp.

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    • Decker (oblique) was examined by a doctor Monday and could start taking swings again Tuesday, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. The 27-year-old outfielder is attempting to secure a roster spot and is therefore highly motivated to jump back into action as soon as possible. Decker originally suffered the injury while taking swings in the batting cage on Saturday but could be back to handling a bat Tuesday if he's deemed ready to do so. He's slashing .304/.407/.478 with four doubles, two RBI, four walks and four runs over 23 at-bats this spring.

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    YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBKOSBAVG
    2016 TB 19 52 1 8 0 1 4 14 1 .153
    2015 PIT 23 28 8 6 0 1 7 9 0 .214
    TOTAL 60 111 12 18 1 4 14 30 1

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