Injury riddled A’s expect Kendall Graveman, Chad Pinder back in August

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics have used the disabled list 20 times this season. It’s the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the past 11 seasons they’ve reached that mark.

But before Oakland’s Saturday matchup against the Cleveland Indians, manager Bob Melvin announced he expects a couple of his sidelined players to return soon.

The Athletics hope starter Kendall Graveman (shoulder) and infielder Chad Pinder (hamstring) come back in early August following rehab stints, though the exact date of their returns is up in the air.“It would be nice to get them back,” Melvin said. “Kendall was our opening day starter with Sonny [Gray] down, and when Chad came up here he really gave us a different dimension.”

Graveman will go on a rehab assignment after avoiding setbacks during recent bullpen sessions. Melvin said the goal of the rehab starts would be to stretch out the right-hander ahead of a return to the Athletics rotation next month.

In eight games this season, Graveman owns a career-best 3.83 ERA.

Meanwhile, Pinder ran at the Coliseum on Saturday. He’ll continue working out in Oakland in the coming days before the Athletics send him out on a rehab assignment.

Pinder launched nine home runs in 47 major league games this year. He played second base, shortstop, left field and right field.

“He had a lot of production for the at-bats that he had, so we look forward to getting him back,” Melvin said. “Some added power, some versatility.”

BRUGMAN AVAILABLE

 Melvin said Brugman, who missed Friday’s game with the flu, feels better and is available off the bench on Saturday. He’s hitting .239 with two home runs.

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