Khris Davis making progress, likely to return Thursday

Khris Davis should return by Thursday from a groin strain. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics cleanup man Khris Davis will likely be ready to return from the disabled list as soon as he’s eligible.

Davis went through his second day of running, following up a Sunday on-field hitting session with a Monday set of agility drills.

“He looks great,” said manager Bob Melvin. “I’m encouraged about him coming off on Thursday.”

Davis — who leads the A’s with 13 home runs on the season — has been sidelined since suffering a grade one groin strain against Toronto on May 20. He was officially placed on the disabled list on May 23, retroactive to when he suffered the injury against the Blue Jays.

Since Davis went down, the A’s are 3-3 with a .174 team batting average and five home runs, with three of those hit against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

“You feel it a little bit when a guy like that comes out of the lineup,” Melvin said. “He’s the guy who hits in the four-hole, and everybody does their thing. They know that he’s that three-run homer waiting to happen all the time, so there’s maybe a little bit to it, but over the course of the season, these things are going to happen, other guys have to step up.”

A’s No. 3 hitter Jed Lowrie has gone into a bit of a funk, too, as of late, hitting .250 in the month of May with just seven extra-base hits in 23 games headed into Monday.

Oakland beat Zack Greinke in Sunday’s series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a series during which Lowrie went 1-for-12.

“I was proud of the fact that yesterday, we beat a good pitcher — we didn’t kill him, but he made a mistake to Luc [Jonathan Lucroy] for a homer and Oly (Matt Olson) and [Chad] Pinder had big at-bats, walks that set up the [Matt] Chapman at-bat, who’s not trying to do too much against him. Just trying to get a good ball to hit, a single, and we end up beating him 2-1. Even though we didn’t score a ton of runs yesterday, I thought we executed at times when we needed to.”Jed LowrieKhris DavisMLBOakland A'sOakland Athletics

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