OAKLAND -- Eric O’Flaherty is set to pitch one inning Wednesday night for Triple-A Nashville, the start of a rehab assignment as the A’s lefty reliever comes back from a strained throwing shoulder.
It’s unknown how many minor league outings O’Flaherty will need, but it doesn’t figure to be a lengthy stint if all goes well, since he doesn’t have to build up the high pitch count of a starter.
It was a day of medical updates coming out of the A’s clubhouse.
Drew Pomeranz, sidelined by a sprained joint in his shoulder, is throwing off the mound Thursday for the first time since going on the disabled list May 19. Pomeranz reported earlier this week that his throwing sessions have gone good and that the cortisone shot he received has helped the discomfort in his shoulder.
Also Thursday, right-hander A.J. Griffin is scheduled for a two-inning simulated game at the Coliseum. On the comeback from Tommy John surgery, Griffin was sidelined recently with shoulder inflammation. But he said that was never a major concern, more frustrating because it delayed his rehab. He has been throwing all of his pitches off the mound recently, though a date for a rehab assignment still isn’t known.
First baseman Ike Davis, on the DL with a strained quadriceps, will take batting practice on the field Thursday. He’s been sidelined since May 13, and Melvin said the A’s anticipate it would be about a four-week recovery.
The A’s are looking to take this three-game series from the Tigers, and Detroit had a late-night pitching shuffle for Wednesday’s finale. Scheduled starter Alfredo Simon was placed on the bereavement list. The Tigers were hoping to get lefty Kyle Ryan to Oakland in time from Triple-A to make the start. Ryan wasn’t scheduled to land in Oakland until 11 a.m., so Detroit is starting right-handed reliever Alex Wilson and will rely on the bullpen to carry the game.
Ryan was still added to the roster to serve as relief depth.