The Oakland Athletics' Ryon Healy, seen here on Sept. 15, 2016, had a couple key hits on Thursday night. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

The Oakland Athletics' Ryon Healy, seen here on Sept. 15, 2016, had a couple key hits on Thursday night. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Ryon Healy hits third for A’s for second time

OAKLAND — In what could be a preview of the 2017 season, Bob Melvin dropped Ryon Healy into the third spot in the lineup for the matinee with the Houston Astros.

Healy anchors a lineup that is without Khris Davis — still sidelined with a stomach bug — and which has produced just three runs in the first two games of the homestand.

“We’ve been a little bit stagnant here,” the Oakland Athletics manager said. “We haven’t had to many hits, so just kind of a scenery change and Healy’s not opposed to hitting anywhere.”

Davis, who the team sent home during Tuesday night’s loss, is a question mark off the bench.

“As I sit here right now I would say [he’s] maybe not [available],” Melvin said. “But we’ll see how he responds.”

— Sonny Gray (strained right forearm) is slated to throw a two-inning sim game on Saturday. Melvin hedged when asked if that would be the final step before a return to game action for the starter.

“There’s a chance,” Melvin said. “Now, we we’re taking each outing [one at a time] putting together a plan based on how he feels after that. There’s a potential for that.”

The manager hinted that Gray won’t pitch in relief in a potential cameo, pointing out that difference in pregame routines for starters and relievers. The team could have him start and throw just a few innings, followed by another member of the six-man rotation.

He also indicated that Gray is unlikely to make more than a single appearance.

— J.B. Wendelken, who pitched in eight games in relief, is headed back to the doctor’s office.

“He’s going to get a second opinion [but] the ligament is compromised it looks like,” Melvin explained. “So, he’s going to get a second opinion and that will determine whether or not he’s going to have it.”

The 23-year-old ran up a 9.95 ERA in his brief time with the A’s, but also struck out 12 batters in 12.2 innings of work.j.b. wendelkenkarl buscheckKhris DavisMLBOakland Athleticsryon healySonny Gray

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