The New York Yankees have reacquired outfielder Steve Pearce in a trade with Houston, giving them another right-handed bat on the bench for the stretch drive.

The Yankees sent cash to the last-place Astros for Pearce, who began the season in New York’s farm system before he was traded to Baltimore on June 2. Pearce was cut by the Orioles on July 21 and claimed off waivers by Houston a week later.

Pearce, who can also play first base, batted .254 with eight RBI and five extra-?base hits in 63 at-bats for the Astros.

Cubs deal for catcher Recker

The Chicago Cubs have acquired catcher Anthony Recker from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for catcher and first baseman Blake Lalli.

Recker was a member of Oakland’s opening day roster but was sent to Triple-A Sacramento after hitting .129 in 31 at-bats over 13 games. Recker has hit .146 in 18 big league games overall, while he’s put up a .273 average with 98 homers in eight seasons in the minors.

The Cubs assigned Recker to Triple-A Iowa.

Lalli made his major league debut for Chicago earlier this season, his seventh in professional baseball.

Boston’s Ortiz on 15-day DL

The Boston Red Sox have placed designated hitter David Ortiz back on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to lingering problems with a strained right Achilles.

Ortiz, who suffered the injury in mid-July, returned to action in Friday’s win over Kansas City, getting two hits and two RBIs, but has not played since due to discomfort.

Ortiz said he’ll have an injection in the next day or so and hopes to return this season.

Jays’ Alvarez bruises shin

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Henderson Alvarez left his start against the New York Yankees with a bruised left shin.

Russell Martin hit a hard grounder off Alvarez’s leg in the fourth inning Monday night and the ball caromed into shallow right field for an RBI single. Alvarez hobbled over to the first base line and bent over in pain. The right-hander was checked by a trainer and walked slowly off the field.

X-rays were negative and he is day to day.

Teixeira leaves with injury

Mark Teixeira left the New York Yankees’ game against Toronto with a strained left calf.

Teixeira came up hobbling after grounding a ball foul in the fourth inning Monday night. He was checked by a trainer and manager Joe Girardi, but initially stayed in the game.

The switch-hitting slugger drew a walk and went to second on Eric Chavez’s single. Russell Martin then smacked a single off starter Henderson Alvarez’s left shin and the ball caromed into shallow right field. Teixeira limped all the way home in obvious discomfort and headed for the clubhouse after returning to the dugout.

Teixeira, who missed five games in the past month with a sore left wrist, was scheduled for an MRI at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.