ANAHEIM — The A’s look forward to welcoming back some of their recovering starting pitchers, but they remain at various stages of recovery.
The A’s could get Rich Hill back rather quickly if he continues to come back well from a strained groin. The veteran lefty is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday and then is scheduled to start Monday for Single-A Stockton against Modesto. It’s possible he could be activated after that.
On the other end of the spectrum, right-hander Henderson Alvarez visited with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday and will stay for a follow-up appointment Friday, as the team and pitcher are still trying to get a handle on the prolonged shoulder issues that have led to two setbacks during his rehab process.
Sean Manaea is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday for Stockton. He could potentially return to the rotation Wednesday against the Giants if all goes well with his recovery from a strained forearm.
Eric Surkamp will start Friday’s game against the Angels, but Melvin said he would wait until after Thursday night’s game to announce his Saturday starter. Surkamp was listed in the team’s game notes as starting Saturday, but being pushed up to Friday is no adjustment as he’ll be on standard four days’ rest. The switch does leave the door open for the A’s to promote left-hander Dillon Overton from Triple-A Nashville if they so desire. Overton, the team’s No. 8 prospect as ranked by Baseball America, impressed during spring training and has won his past seven starts in a row. His ERA has improved from 4.89 on May 11 to its current 3.01.
Overton would have to be added to the 40-man roster, but the A’s could create a spot by shifting Alvarez to the 60-day D.L. Alvarez already has missed more than 60 games as it is, so that might be an option they explore.
If Overton doesn’t get the call, Jesse Hahn is another option at Nashville, though Hahn has issued a combined 10 walks over his past two starts. Or, the A’s could try to cover Saturday’s game using the bullpen, as they did last Saturday.
Josh Reddick went 0-for-3 with a walk Wednesday for Triple-A Nashville. He’s scheduled to play in one half of the Sounds’ doubleheader Thursday, and Melvin says the plan remains for Reddick to be activated from the disabled list for Monday’s Bay Bridge Series opener against the Giants if things go well leading up to then. The right fielder has been sidelined since May 20 with a fractured left thumb.