Athletics manager Bob Melvin arrived at his pregame availability Thursday very prepared, he said. That’s because he had plenty of injury updates for the media.
For starters, some promising news for A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano.
Laureano started increasing baseball activity on Thursday with a full workout. That included taking batting practice, running and some defensive work as well. Melvin said Laureano ran at 80 percent on Wednesday and felt pretty good.
Laureano landed on the Injured List on June 1 (retroactive to May 28) with right groin tightness.
Melvin added that he isn’t sure if Laureano would require a rehab assignment.
Reliever Trevor Rosenthal, who underwent surgery in April after being diagnosed with severe neurovascular compression, is “pretty aggressive in his strengthening right now,” Melvin said.
While Rosenthal hasn’t played catch yet, the A’s are hopeful they can see him in action this season. Melvin added it’s a loose timeline of mid-to-late August. That’s not written in stone, of course.
Reliever J.B. Wendelken will throw a 30 pitch bullpen on Friday and has been on the IL since the beginning of May with a strained left oblique. It remains uncertain if Wendelken will require a rehab assignment as well.