Lambo was released by the Athletics on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Lambo had been on the disabled list with a wrist injury but was recently cleared to play. After he was given the go-ahead to return, Oakland opted to part ways with the 28-year-old. Lambo, who owns a career major-league batting average of just .189, will likely provide organizational depth if a team decides to sign him.
Lambo was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday. After a health scare over the offseason, Lambo came out of the gates strongly this spring, but given his lack of success in the big leagues last season, he was a victim of the A's spring roster cleaning. He'll likely spend much of the year at Triple-A but could leap back to the majors later in the season if his performance in the minors warrants it.
Lambo, who is fully recovered from 2016 testicular cancer surgery, has made a positive first impression as he starts workouts as a non-roster invitee Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. "He looks like he's in good shape," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "God bless him. He's here, he's healthy. I know he's excited. He's always a very vocal guy, and I'm not trying to speak for him, but whenever you go through something like that that's bigger than baseball, when you get back to doing what you love to do, there's a certain amount of passion that goes along with it." The 28-year-old outfielder, who broke camp with the A's last season but was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Apr. 2, logged only one major league plate appearance last season, his first in Oakland. Lambo was given a clean bill of health by his oncologist in December, setting the stage for another go-around with the team this spring. Lambo has slashed just .189/.230/.295 with one homer and three RBI over 95 major league at-bats and remains a long shot to make the regular-season roster.
Lambo re-signed with the Athletics on a minor league contract Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Lambo is still in the stages of recovering from testicular cancer surgery, but once he is able to return to baseball activities, he'll be able to resume his position in Oakland's organization. In his most recent action with Triple-A Nashville, the 28-year-old batted .255 with 30 RBI.
Lambo was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. At this point in time, Lambo is still recovering from testicular cancer surgery, and there's no timeframe for his eventual return. During the 2015 season, Lambo played 56 games for Nashville, during which he hit .255/.321/.384.
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