OAKLAND — The plans are for suspended Warriors star Draymond Green to be in the Coliseum on Monday night, watching his teammates on TV as they try to clinch the NBA title next door.
Knowing that Green plans to watch the Warriors from a luxury suite while the A’s are hosting the Texas Rangers, A’s manager Bob Melvin suggested an even better idea.
“He could sit in my office and watch the game if he wants to, if he wants to be in close proximity,” Melvin joked.
Green, suspended for Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, must leave Oracle Arena by two hours before the approximate 6 p.m. tipoff. He’ll be close by, and Green reportedly would be allowed to join his Warriors teammates after their game for the title celebration if they happen to clinch.
Melvin is an avid supporter of the other Bay Area sports teams. He’s attended 49ers games and practices at the invitation of former Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, and, having attended Cal, he’s a courtside regular at Golden Bears basketball games. Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson once dropped in to watch an A’s batting practice, and a group of Raiders players did the same thing recently.
“Look, everybody’s pulling for the Warriors today,” Melvin said. “That’s a tough situation (Green) is in unfortunately, that he’s not gonna be able to be with them tonight. But my feeling is probably toward the later end of the evening he will be with them and there might be some celebration going on.”
The A’s asked Green if he wanted to throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch but he declined, saying he wants to keep a low profile.
Right fielder Josh Reddick took 25 swings off a tee Monday and everything went well with his fractured left thumb. Reddick, who throws right-handed and therefore wears his glove on his left hand, said his only issue is pain tolerance when catching a throw. He hasn’t been cleared yet for full baseball activity, so he doesn’t have an idea of when he might begin a minor league rehab assignment.
But Melvin suggested Reddick could take on-field batting practice by the end of the week.
Right-hander Henderson Alvarez will pitch for Single-A Stockton on Monday night in his first rehab appearance since coming back from a recent setback with his throwing shoulder. The plan is for him to go 2-3 innings, or 50 to 55 pitches. Reliever Liam Hendriks (right triceps strain) will make another appearance Monday night for Triple-A Nashville.