OAKLAND – Second baseman Ben Zobrist could begin a rehab assignment around the time the A’s head out for their next road trip.
Zobrist was doing back pedaling and zig-zag drills on the field before Wednesday’s game against Boston, a rigorous test for his surgically repaired left knee. He said those kind of agility movements would be his biggest obstacle before coming off the disabled list.
The A’s will hit the road again Monday, and manager Bob Melvin said it was possible Zobrist begins a minor league assignment around the same time. He was placed on the disabled list April 25 and had arthroscopic surgery three days later.
In his absence, Eric Sogard has held down the everyday second base role and is hitting .367 (11-for-30) over his past eight games. Regular third baseman Brett Lawrie also drew one start at second when Sogard slid over to short to spell Marcus Semien for a day.
The left-handed hitting Sogard is batting .301 against righties but just .071 (1-for-14) against lefties, and the A’s are scheduled to face two southpaws in their three-game weekend series against the White Sox.