The A's could get a major piece of their rotation back soon.
Veteran lefty Rich Hill, on the disabled list since June 9 with a left groin strain, is scheduled to make a rehab start with Single-A Stockton on Monday, A's manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com after Wednesday's game.
Melvin is hopeful that Hill will need just one rehab outing before rejoining the A's.
"Shoot, I'd like to throw him right in there, but we gotta make sure we get him in a game scenario, other than just throwing a simulated-type thing in the bullpen," Melvin told MLB.com reporter Jane Lee.
Hill threw a 50-pitch simulated game Wednesday morning, and will throw a bullpen session on Friday in Anaheim before the A's take on the Angels.
If all goes well, Hill will join Stockton and throw 65 pitches against the Modesto Nuts, the affiliate of the Rockies. He could only need one rehab outing.
"I hope that's the only one. He did go after it really hard, as he does all the time," Melvin said.
Hill had been the A's best pitcher before going on the DL. In 11 starts, he posted a 2.25 ERA and struck out 74 batters in 64 innings.