Oakland Athletics players and manager Bob Melvin provided updates to A's beat reporters on several players currently on the disabled list.
A.J. Griffin throwing simulated game Thursday, about a month away
Right-handed starting pitcher A.J. Griffin has resumed his throwing program, and he is throwing a two-inning simulated game on Thursday, tweets CSN California's Joe Stiglich. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser estimates Griffin is about a month away from being game-ready as he returns from his Tommy John surgery.
Drew Pomeranz throwing off mound Thursday, about two weeks away
Left-handed starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz will throw off the mound for the first time since exiting the May 18 contest against the Houston Astros with AC joint soreness, Slusser tweets. Pomeranz received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder on May 20 to relieve pain in that joint, reports the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey. Pomeranz is about two weeks away from returning to game action, Slusser estimates.
Eric O'Flaherty begins rehab assignment tonight
Left-handed relief pitcher Eric O'Flaherty will begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Nashville Sounds tonight, tweets Susan Slusser. O'Flaherty was placed on the disabled list on May 2 with shoulder soreness.
The Sounds are visiting the Sacramento River Cats tonight and tomorrow before returning to Nashville. If O'Flaherty's rehab extends beyond Nashville's visit, there's a good chance he'll pitch for the Stockton Ports after that.
Edward Mujica thumb swollen, but won't miss much more than minimum 15 days
Right-handed relief pitcher Edward Mujica told beat reporters his fractured right thumb remains very swollen after getting struck by a comebacker on May 21:
#Athletics RHP Edward Mujica has 1 word to sum up state of fractured right thumb: "Big." He says "it's a minor fracture, sill a fracture."— John Hickey (@JHickey3) May 27, 2015
Mujica will get his stitches out Friday, tweets Joe Stiglich, though Mujica says he's still about 10 days away from throwing. Mujica is eligible to come off the disabled list June 6, and Susan Slusser does not think he will need much more time than that.
Ike Davis taking batting practice Thursday
Left-handed batting first baseman Ike Davis will take batting practice Thursday at the Coliseum, tweets Susan Slusser, but is not "running much yet" as he recovers from a Grade 2 left quad strain. Davis has been on the disabled list retroactive to May 14, and a typical estimate for returning from that sort of injury is about four to six weeks.