By John Hickey
Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 11:20 am in 2013 regular season.
The A’s are getting some good news on some of their injured players.
Opening day starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who came out of Friday’s game against the Rays after having sprained his right ankle, threw what manager Bob Melvin termed a “very aggressive side session’’ and came out of it without pain.
As a result, if there are no other setbacks, he should be good to take his regularly scheduled turn Wednesday afternoon against the Red Sox in Fenway Park.
“We made him go after it like it was a game,’’ Melvin said. “He felt nothing. Unless nothing else happens, I have a good feeling for him for Wednesday.’’
Dan Straily, who began the season in the A’s rotation before being demoted to Triple-A Sacramento, is scheduled to throw Sunday for Sacramento against Reno, and as of midday the A’s were wondering whether to hold Straily out as insurance for Wednesday.
Meanwhile, left fielder and cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes took some swings off a batting tee. They were two-handed swings, the better to test his injured left hand. He’d done mostly one-handed swings Saturday.
There’s a likelihood that Cespedes will take more two-handed swings off a tee Monday, then graduate to batting practices. The A’s have not yet decided if he’ll need to go out on an injury rehabilitation assignment.
“He may need a few at-bats in rehab games,’’ Melvin said. “We’ll take that into consideration.’’
Cespedes is eligible to come off the disabled list April 28.