PHOENIX – Scott Podsednik declined to accept assignment to Triple-A Reno and has been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 36-year-old outfielder was acquired from Boston at the trade deadline along with right-handed reliever Matt Albers for lefty reliever Craig Breslow.

Podsednik hit .387 with one homer and seven RBI for Boston after being acquired from Philadelphia on May 11.

NATIONALS: Washington activated Jayson Werth from the 15-day disabled list.

Werth, sidelined nearly three months because of a broken left wrist, played center field Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies and went 1 for 3 with an RBI groundout.

The Nationals placed right-handed pitcher Henry Rodriguez on the disabled list because of a sore back.

RANGERS: Texas called up top hitting prospect Mike Olt and optioned utility player Brandon Snyder to Triple-A Round Rock.

Olt was at Double-A Frisco, where the corner infielder was hitting .288 with 28 homers and 82 RBI in 95 games. He was prominent in trade speculation before Tuesday’s deadline for deals without waivers, but the Rangers ended up sending two lower-level prospects to the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Ryan Dempster.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Olt, the Rangers transferred pitcher Colby Lewis to the 60-day disabled list. Lewis is out for the season because of a torn elbow tendon.

ATHLETICS: Oakland plans to call up right-hander Dan Straily, who has more strikeouts this season than any pitcher in professional baseball, to start Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Straily, 23, has a 2.60 ERA with 175 strikeouts in 138 1/3 innings while splitting time between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento.


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