LaMarre (groin) has appeared in Grapefruit League games for the Twins each of the past four days, going 4-for-7 with a home run and three RBI over that span. LaMarre battled some groin tightness about a week ago, but it sidelined him for only a few days before he returned to action. The fact that the Twins have shown no qualms about using him in back-to-back days suggests the groin issue isn't a concern. Attending Twins camp as a non-roster invitee, LaMarre faces long odds to earn a spot with the big club and will most likely serve as outfield depth at Triple-A Rochester if he elects to remain with the organization once spring training concludes.
LaMarre emerged from Wednesday's spring game with a tight groin, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. It's unclear what caused the issue or how severe it is. More information should emerge in the next few days as team doctors are able to examine him further. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
The Athletics released LaMarre on Wednesday, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports. After dropping LaMarre from their 40-man roster Saturday, the Athletics either had no interest in reserving a spot for the outfielder at Triple-A, or LaMarre decided to elect free agency and pursue an opportunity elsewhere. The 28-year-old has showcased good wheels throughout his minor-league career, but doesn't provide enough impact with the bat to profile as an everyday player if he were to resurface in the majors.
LaMarre was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Saturday, John Hickey of the East Bay Times reports. LaMarre was ousted from the 40-man roster to clear room for Michael Brady, who had his contract purchased earlier Saturday. The 28-year-old has spent time in the majors each of the past three seasons, though he is just 2-for-37 (.054) over that period. He should serve as organizational outfield depth wherever he winds up.
LaMarre was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. With Rajai Davis landing on the disabled list, the A's needed to add depth to the outfield. LaMarre was just traded to the club on Sunday, but will already have a shot to be on Oakland's major-league roster. Prior to being traded, LaMarre was hitting .268/.375/.341 at Triple-A Salt Lake.