Melvin on sidelined Semien: ‘He’s already got a target in his mind’

OAKLAND — Out since the second week of the season with a fractured bone in his right hand, Marcus Semien already knows when he wants to return to the lineup. His manager Bob Melvin isn’t so sure if Semien — famous for his relentless work ethic — will achieve that timeline.

“It’s going to be more about holding him back … he’s already got a target in his mind when he wants to be playing,” the Oakland Athletics manager said. “I don’t know if that’s the same target the training staff has.”

That target is June 18, the day the club will give out 15,000 action figures of the shortstop. Melvin said it will be hard for Semien, who hit off a tee with a fungo on Monday to make it back this month — much less on the 18th.

Melvin isn’t sure when Semien will head out on a minor league rehab assignment — or for how long — but he won’t be counting on the 26-year-old to dictate the terms.

“The short answer is no about relying on him because that would be two at bats and he’d want to be back here,” Melvin cracked.

Graveman ‘eager’ to get back to work

Kendall Graveman is also pushing to get back on the diamond. The starter has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 26 with a strained right shoulder. This marks the second time the same ailment has put him on the shelf.

“I’m not sure when Kendall will actually play catch,” Melvin said. “But I know he’s feeling a lot better. He’s pretty eager to start throwing the baseball.”

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