Outrighted: Chris Nelson, Brandon Bantz, Andy Laroche

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Three players who were designated for assignment recently were outrighted to the minors on Thursday.

Angels outright Chris Nelson to AAA Salt Lake

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outrighted infielder Chris Nelson to Triple-A Salt Lake, according to the team's director of communications Eric Kay. The 27-year old's stint in DFA limbo was his third on the season, and this is his first time not finding a new team. After starting the year off with the Rockies (.242, 0 HR, 4 RBI) in 21 games, Nelson was traded to the Yankees on May 1st, and appeared in ten games (.222, 0 HR, 2 RBI) before being designated for assignment again. He was claimed off waivers by the Angels on May 18th, and was 3-for-9 with 2 RBI in seven games. In four career major league seasons, Nelson is a lifetime .277 hitter with 13 HR and 77 RBI.

Mariners outright Brandon Bantz to AAA Tacoma

The Seattle Mariners announced that they outrighted catcher Brandon Bantz to Triple-A Tacoma after designating him for assignment earlier in the week to make room for top prospect Mike Zunino. Bantz, the team's 30th round pick in the 2009 draft, made his major league debut on Saturday, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. In 17 games between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma, Bantz is hitting .200 with 2 HR and 5 RBI on the season.

Blue Jays outright Andy LaRoche to AAA Buffalo

The Toronto Blue Jays outrighted Andy LaRoche to Triple-A Buffalo two days after designating him for assignment, the team announced. The 29-year old was 0-for-4 in his only appearance of the season with the big league club, and is hitting .282 with 7 HR and 32 RBI in 49 games with Buffalo on the year. In six major league seasons with the Dodgers (2007-2008), Pirates (2008-2010), Athletics (2011), and Blue Jays (2013), LaRoche has hit .226 with 22 HR and 113 RBI.

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