NEW YORK – A’s right-hander Henderson Alvarez will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with a 45-pitch outing for Single-A Stockton.
It will be the first official game for Alvarez since he underwent shoulder surgery in July while he was still with the Miami Marlins. There’s no word yet on how many starts he’ll make with the Ports or when he’ll move up to a higher level in the minors.
Manager Bob Melvin estimated Alvarez will throw 45 pitches or three innings Wednesday. The plan is to get him up to around 100 pitches by the time he is ready to join the big league club. Melvin has been estimating Alvarez’s return sometime between late May and early June.
Infielder Eric Sogard is getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on whether surgery is required on his injured left knee. Sogard said on the last homestand he has bone chips in his knee, and that his patella bone needs to be shaved down. A procedure to remedy that would likely sideline him six to eight weeks, he said, but he’s being examined by Andrews in Florida before a final decision is made.
Third baseman Danny Valencia was out doing early fielding work Tuesday afternoon with infield coach Ron Washington. Valencia made two errors on the last homestand, and he mentioned how defensive mistakes eat at him even more than any offensive struggles he might go through. Valencia put in lots of extra time with Washington during spring training too.
“He’s trying to stay with a maintenance program that not only gets you cognizant of what you need to do mechanically, but you stay on top of it just like a hitter going in the cage every day,” Melvin said.