Oakland Athletics ace Rich Hill will start for the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, and Sonny Gray will make a rehab start for the Stockton Ports on Sunday before returning to the A's on Friday, manager Bob Melvin tells A's beat writers (via Melissa Lockard, Oakland Clubhouse).
Hill gets an extra day of rest
Hill came out of last Sunday's start against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning with a minor groin strain. He would have been able available to pitch on Friday thanks to Thursday's off day, but that also allows the A's to push Hill back to Saturday without needing an extra start from Eric Surkamp.
Rich Hill felt good off mound today. No problems w/groin. He's set to start Saturday at Houston.— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) June 1, 2016
Jesse Hahn is therefore lined up to start on Friday against the Houston Astros, with Hill on Saturday and Kendall Graveman on Sunday. An off day on Monday will let the A's skip Eric Surkamp, with Sean Manaea on turn to pitch on Tuesday in Milwaukee and Hahn again on Wed., June 8.
Gray on track to return June 10
Sonny Gray will make a rehab start for the Stockton Ports on Sunday against the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks). Gray is coming back from a strained right trapezius, and was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 21 after getting a cortisone shot in the area. If all goes according to plan, he'll be activated for Friday's start in Cincinnati after 20 days on the DL.
This would mean the A's only needed two starts from Gray's replacements, Zach Neal and Eric Surkamp. The A's lost to the Mariners but beat the Twins in those starts.
Liam Hendriks and Henderson Alvarez updates
A couple more tweets from CSN California A's beat writer Joe Stiglich at the Coliseum Wednesday morning:
Reliever Liam Hendriks recovering well from triceps strain. He'll throw simulated game w/Stockton either Saturday or Sunday.— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) June 1, 2016
Another noteworthy update: Henderson Alvarez threw 40 pitches off mound. Another bullpen this weekend, a rehab start or sim game after that— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) June 1, 2016