OAKLAND — Sonny Gray will get back on the mound on Sunday — if only for a couple of pitches.
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that Gray, who hasn’t pitched since Aug. 6 as he works his way back from a strained right forearm, feels “good.”
“He’s going to throw tomorrow,” Melvin said. “I think we’ll kind of be in a place where we’ll figure out what the next plan is for him tomorrow if all goes well.”
Gray’s throwing session will likely be a light one.
“We’ll see how he does,” Melvin said. “It could just be a couple of pitches off the mound depending how he feels during his long toss before that.”
Based on the calendar, getting Gray back in a major league game before the season runs out remains a long shot. The A’s currently only have two minor league affiliates whose seasons are still going on — Double-A Midland and Triple A Sacramento — and both are set to wrap within the week.
— Sean Manaea, who hasn’t pitched since Aug. 29 due to back soreness, is slated to rejoin the now six-man rotation against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Jharel Cotton will get the start in Tuesday’s opener.
“He’s bounced back and he looks better than ever today on the mound,” Melvin said of Manaea. “He had a lot of life on the ball and threw his breaking pitches well. He wants to finish up the season pitching. I know that’s a goal of his.”
— Henderson Alvarez will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in Florida. One reporter quipped that Alvarez, who lost his 2016 season to shoulder surgery, has drawn a lot of “pub” for a guy who never took the mound.
“Well, rightly so,” Melvin replied. “You look at his body of work, this is a guy that pitched upward in the rotation. So, we had high hopes for him. Obviously, he’s hit some bumps in the road — just before it looked like he was going to come back a couple of times. You feel for him because he really looks like a guy who loves it.”Henderson Alvarezkarl buscheckOakland Athleticssean manaeaSonny Gray