OAKLAND — Sean Manaea is on the verge of joining the Oakland Athletics’ soon-to-be six-man rotation.
“Manaea’s going to throw maybe two or three up-and-downs tomorrow,” manager Bob Melvin said. “Once we get a handle on whether he’s going to able to start then we’ll make a decision as far as what the rotation will look like in Kansas City.
If the lefty gets through his bullpen session, which Melvin said could include hitters standing in, but not takings swings, Manaea could draw the start against the Kansas City Royals on Monday.
That would push fellow rookies Jharel Cotton back to the second game of that series on Tuesday.
“There’s a pretty good chance Cotton stays in the rotation at this point,” Melvin said with a wry smile.
— Fernando Rodriguez, who hasn’t pitched since July 3, underwent surgery earlier in the day.
“I’m not an expert,” Melvin. “Something to do with the lat…”
Melvin said he’s yet to receive a report on how the procedure went or how long the recovery process will be after Rodriguez had the torn latissimus dorsi muscle in his right side repaired.
“I’m the wrong guy to be explaining this,” Melvin added. “I don’t know if it’s shoulder or maybe partial … I don’t think it has anything to do with like the front of the rotator cuff, which is what you get nervous about. But again, I’m way ahead of myself.
— As far as the manager knows, there’s been no date set for when Henderson Alvarez will visit Dr. James Andrews. The right-hander, who’s been dealing with an on-going shoulder problem, has already been ruled out for the season.fernando rodriguezMLBOakland Athleticssean manaea