Kendall Graveman nearing a return to A’s rotation

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OAKLAND — A’s opening-day starter Kendall Graveman is nearing a return from his shoulder injury that has kept him out since May 29. After throwing a simulated game in Stockton on Friday, manager Bob Melvin said the plan is for Graveman to get a few rehab starts in the minors with early August as a targeted return date. The opening-day starter said he is pleased with how he has been progressing.

“I was anxious to see how I would feel today and I felt good,” Graveman said. “I think we’re on a good path. The velocity was good and I threw a lot of strikes.”

Graveman said it has been frustrating to deal with the whole process of being on the disabled list, but veterans such as Sean Doolittle have given him guidance on how to get through it.

“Competition is something that I love and when you’re not having competition in any aspect of life I think it drives everyone crazy,” Graveman said.

His first rehab start will most likely come on Wednesday for Triple-A Nashville, with a limit of three innings or 45 pitches.

  • Infielder Chad Pinder was a full participant in running drills at the Coliseum before Saturday’s game. Pinder said he is ready for a rehab assignment and is awaiting word from the club on when he will be sent out. “He’ll work out a few days here with us and then we’ll get him on a rehab trip,” Melvin said. Pinder has been sidelined since June 23 with a strained hamstring.



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