OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics’ injury situation has reached such dire proportions that manager Bob Melvin is now bringing notes to his pregame press conferences.
“That’s what it’s come to at this point,” Melvin said with a smile as he unfolded a sheet of paper in advance of Wednesday’s matinee with the Miami Marlins.
Before Sonny Gray faced the Fish, the club put Bobby Wahl on the 10 -day disabled list with a strained right shoulder — the 14th player to hit the shelf.
Jesse Hahn — who exited Tuesday night’s start with a right triceps strain — could be No. 15.
“Jesse is still under evaluation,” Melvin explained. “He doesn’t feel great. He doesn’t feel too bad, but we’ve got a little bit of time to figure out where we’re going with him. So, the doctor will take a look at him today, as well. If we need to make a move, it will not be today.”
Yonder Alonso, who was hit by a pitch in the right hand in the bottom of the sixth, was out of the lineup but is likely to avoid a DL stint.
“Yonder is a little bit sore today,” Melvin said. “So, he’s not in the lineup. We don’t feel like it will be a lingering issue and with the day off tomorrow, we feel like come the [New York] Yankees series [on Friday] he’ll be back in the lineup.”
Doolittle headed for Arizona
Sean Doolittle, who threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Wednesday morning, has a live batting practice session scheduled for Saturday at extended spring training in Arizona.
The left-hander — out with a strained left shoulder — would have to appear in one (or more likely two rehab games) before rejoining the bullpen.
“I’m not even going to put a target on it yet,” Melvin said when asked if Doolittle could be back for the next homestand, opening June 2.
Dull ‘not close’ to return
Ryan Dull (strained right knee) threw before the game, but Melvin said that was simply in an effort to keep his arm in shape.
“He’s not close,” Melvin said of Dull, out since May 20. “It’s not going to be the 10-day period. It’s going to be more than that. Whether it’s several weeks, we’re not sure yet.”Bob Melvinbobby wahlJesse HahnMiami MarlinsMLBOakland AthleticsRyan DullSean Doolittleyonder alonsozach neal