Stephen Piscotty could return to the Athletics lineup as soon as next week.
The A’s outfielder is scheduled to play in two rehab games Saturday and Sunday with Single-A Stockton, and could return to the big-league team after that, manager Bob Melvin told reporters on Friday.
Piscotty was placed on the Injured List on June 19 after sustaining a left wrist sprain a few days earlier.
His return is imperative after the team lost outfielder Mark Canha due to a left hip strain, and it might be a while before the team sees him again. Melvin recently said it would be a “stretch” to have Canha back before the All-Star break next week.
Piscotty this season is batting .217/.284/.357 with six doubles, four homers and 11 RBI in 50 games. His return could ease off some of the responsibilities in the outfield. While Tony Kemp has filled in admirably in those roles, having him at second base with Piscotty behind him in right field ideally is what Melvin wants.
With Piscotty out, Skye Bolt and Seth Brown also have gotten their share of time in right and centerfield when Ramón Laureano needs a day off.