Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs, seen here pitching in 2016, is working his way back from the disabled list. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Oakland Athletics Notebook: No structural damage for Andrew Triggs

OAKLAND — After visiting specialist Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday, Oakland Athletics right-hander Andrew Triggs learned there was no structural damage to his injured throwing arm. He’s been on the disabled list with a right triceps strain and has been experiencing tingling in the area.

While he’s been shut down by the A’s until the sensation goes away, the news provides encouragement for his recovery.

“Hopefully this is something now that at least mentally can settle him down a little bit,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s just something nicking the nerve or whatever, which is giving him the tingling sensation. It’s just a shutdown period until we know it’s all cleared up.

“When you’re talking about forearm and elbow, especially with his history, you have to have your fingers crossed.”

He’s struggled with durability throughout his three years with the A’s, never pitching more than 65 innings in a season. Before he went down this season, Triggs had an unwieldy 5.23 ERA, though he struck out hitters at a career-high rate.

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Several other injured A’s pitchers might be closer to returning to the MLB roster. Left-hander Brett Anderson “threw pretty well” in the bullpen on Tuesday, Melvin said, and could have a rehab assignment scheduled by the end of the week. Daniel Mengden will make a rehab start at Triple-A Nashville on Friday.

Melvin said Chris Bassitt feels sore after he was spiked in the shin by San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer on Tuesday, but he isn’t expected to miss any time.

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Outfielder Mark Canha hit his 11th home run of the season on Tuesday, launching a sixth-inning offering from Clayton Richard over the out-of-town scoreboard in left field. During his ongoing 11-game hitting streak, he’s 13-for-39 with a 1.143 OPS.

Canha, a former Rule-5 selection, is having his best season since 2015. He’s on track to set career bests across the board, and has played all three outfield positions. Melvin said he’s simplified his swing by reducing unnecessary moving parts.

Along with Canha, Melvin wants to get fellow right-handed bat Chad Pinder in the lineup as much as possible before the All-Star break, despite a string of right-handed pitchers set to face the A’s. Pinder hit his eighth home run of the season on Tuesday.

“Both of these guys are impactful bats for us,” Melvin said. “If they sit around for too long, you kind of lose the edge.”

Neither will start on Wednesday against Luis Perdomo, though Melvin indicated they could enter the game as pinch-hitters.andrew triggsBrett AndersonDaniel MengdenMark CanhaMLBOakland A'sOakland Athletics

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