OAKLAND — The A’s have a plan mapped out for Sean Doolittle’s return to the bullpen.
The lefty will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and pitch in his first game Monday, with a tentative plan of Doolittle also pitching Wednesday and next Saturday as he works back from a strained shoulder that’s sidelined him for the past month-and-a-half.
“We’re probably looking at three outings and then get him back,” manager Bob Melvin said before Saturday’s game against Seattle.
Melvin added that there’s room for flexibility on those minor league outings depending on how Doolittle feels coming out of those games.
Elsewhere on the pitching front, starter Jesse Hahn threw 30 pitches from the mound as he also recovers from a strained shoulder. If Hahn feels good Sunday, Melvin said he would likely head out for a rehab start with the plan of rejoining the A’s after that. Hahn told CSN California on Friday that Tuesday was the likely day he would pitch. If that is the day, Single-A Stockton is playing at Visalia if the A’s wanted to keep Hahn relatively close to the Bay Area. Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Midland both play at home Tuesday.
Catcher Josh Phegley, recovering from knee surgery, took batting practice with the A’s on Saturday. He’s started throwing but has yet to get down in a catcher’s stance, the biggest road block to his big league return. Melvin remains hopeful that Phegley makes it back before the end of the season.
“I know he’d like to and we’d like him to as well, even if we had to bring him back as a bat off the bench in September, we could do that,” Melvin said.
Infielder Eric Sogard, who underwent surgery in April to remove loose bodies from his left knee, was on the field Saturday afternoon taking grounders, but he isn’t expected back before the end of the season. Sogard said he’s hopeful of getting some innings during the offseason, whether that’s the fall instructional league or winter ball, so he arrives at spring training feeling confident about his knee. Sogard, 30, has not appeared in a game this season but remains under team control via arbitration next season.