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After igniting fracas, Leon sent to Minors by A's


PEORIA, Ariz. -- Two days after he sparked a benches-clearing brawl in the World Baseball Classic, reliever Arnold Leon was back in A's camp -- for all of a few minutes, anyway.

Leon returned to the A's on Monday morning, only to find out that he had been optioned to Minor League camp, where he will continue to get work while prepping to start the season with Triple-A Sacramento.

The move was not made to punish Leon, who plunked Canada's Rene Tosoni in the back near the end of Team Mexico's eliminating 10-3 loss Saturday. There just are not enough innings for him in Major League camp anymore, manager Bob Melvin said.

The right-handed Leon made three Cactus League appearances for the A's before joining Team Mexico, allowing a combined two runs, three hits and four walks with one strikeout in three innings of work.

Oakland now has 46 players in camp, including 37 on the 40-man roster and nine non-roster invitees.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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