Good news about Josh Reddick's thumb and Henderson Alvarez's shoulder are coming out of pre-game tweets from Oakland A's beat writers Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle and John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Initial estimates for Reddick's broken thumb were for a four to six week absence and Alvarez was taken out of his last rehab start an inning early with shoulder discomfort. But after Reddick saw a hand specialist today and Alvarez had his MRI reviewed by Dr. James Andrews, it appears their absences will not be prolonged:
Good injury reports today: Reddick doesn't need surgery broken thumb and Alvarez will start playing catch tomorrow.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 24, 2016
#Athletics Josh Reddick fractured thumb is not in joint but near the tip, which = about 4 weeks of recovery, toward low end of expectations— John Hickey (@JHickey3) May 24, 2016
Rehabs for Josh Phegley, Jed Lowrie; Zach Neal named Wed. starter
In his first rehab game, catcher Josh Phegley went 2-for-4 with a walk and hit Nashville's walk off single in their 4-3 win over the Sacramento River Cats. Phegley will DH on Monday, catch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and rejoin the A's on Thurs., May 27, reports MLB.com's Jane Lee.
Jed Lowrie joined Nashville's roster today. That will be for a one-game rehab stint, Lee reports, and he will be activated in Seattle on Wed., May 26.
Bob Melvin has officially declared Zach Neal to be Wednesday's starting pitcher, taking Sonny Gray's place in the rotation, tweets Hickey.