Shortstop Addison Russell, the A’s top prospect, will join Single-A Stockton on Saturday to continue his rehab from a torn right hamstring.
Russell has been playing games at extended spring training for the past couple of weeks. His first game with Stockton will be Sunday against High Desert, and when it’s determined Russell is ready, he’ll eventually return to Double-A Midland, where he began this season.
Russell opened the year ranked as a top-10 overall prospect in the majors by most publications, but he hurt his hamstring April 4 after just two games with Midland. The A’s made it clear in spring training that they wouldn’t be rushing Russell, 20, to the majors, and the hamstring injury ensures they’ll proceed with even more caution for the foreseeable future.
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Oakland drafted Russell 11th overall in 2012. He spent last season with Single-A Stockton but got a brief call-up to Triple-A Sacramento late in the year.