ANAHEIM — Henderson Alvarez will rest his problematic throwing shoulder for another three weeks, and it appears the A’s wouldn’t get the right-hander back until August at the earliest.
Alvarez received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his shoulder a week ago, and the plan is for him not to pick up a baseball for a full month. He’s one week into that schedule, meaning he’ll have three more weeks of non-activity. That takes things into mid-July, just after the All-Star break, and given the time he’ll need to build his arm strength back up, it stands to reason Alvarez won’t make his A’s debut before the calendar turns to August.
Alvarez, who twice has had shoulder setbacks while on the verge of coming off the disabled list, paid a two-day visit to Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery last July to fix a tear in Alvarez’s shoulder.
“He had an MRI, and nothing is in there structurally that would suggest (more) surgery,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “… It’s still a little bit of a puzzle.”
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Alvarez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday to clear a 40-man roster spot for left-hander Dillon Overton, who will start against the Los Angeles Angels in his major league debut. But since Alvarez has already spent more than 60 days on the DL, that transaction is a moot point of sorts. Whenever he’s ready to be activated, the A’s simply need to clear a 40-man spot for him now.
Sean Manaea threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs in a 64-pitch outing for Single-A Stockton on Friday, his fastball topping out at 95 miles per hour. Provided he feels well in the aftermath of that start, Melvin confirmed that Manaea will come off the DL and start Wednesday against the Giants. The lefty has been sidelined since June 13 with a pronator muscle strain in his forearm.