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Oakland A’s will resume play Friday, featuring Mike Minor but probably not yet Marcus Semien

New lefty will be available out of pen, but star shortstop not quite ready to return

Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s officially announced that they will resume play on Friday, after missing four games over five days due to a positive coronavirus test. They’ll host the San Diego Padres at the Coliseum at 6:40 p.m. PT, with Jesús Luzardo on the mound for the home team.

The upcoming schedule will include a few doubleheaders, allowing the A’s to make up the games they missed over the last week due to various postponements.

  • 9/4: vs. Padres
  • 9/5: vs. Padres
  • 9/6: vs. Padres
  • 9/7: vs. Astros
  • 9/8: vs. Astros, doubleheader
  • 9/9: vs. Astros
  • 9/10: vs. Astros
  • 9/11: @ Texas
  • 9/12: @ Texas, doubleheader
  • 9/13: @ Texas
  • 9/14: @ Seattle, doubleheader
  • 9/15: @ Colorado
  • 9/16: @ Colorado

The 10 games over a seven-day span are an Oakland record, and the most by any A’s club since the Kansas City squad did it 1966, per info manager Mike Selleck. Within that span, they’ll have a stretch (Sept. 12-15) in which they play six games in four days in three different cities. On top of all that, there will also be a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 26, the penultimate day of the regular season.

As for Friday, Oakland will welcome their newest acquisition, pitcher Mike Minor, who came over from the Texas Rangers at this week’s MLB trade deadline. The left-hander will be available of the bullpen that night if needed, reports insider Martin Gallegos, and he’s also expected to start one game in Tuesday’s twin-bill, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. Manager Bob Melvin says the A’s still have a five-man rotation, but that Minor could continue to help out in a starting role for doubleheaders, reports Alex Coffey of The Athletic.

However, the green and gold may still be without shortstop Marcus Semien for now. He missed a game on Saturday due to soreness in his side, but an MRI showed no cause for long-term concern and he’s considered day-to-day.

Indeed, as of Wednesday Semien is still not expected to need a trip to the injured list, per Slusser. But he “probably won’t play Friday,” says Melvin via Slusser, The primary issue is swinging the bat comfortably, explains Gallegos, but he at least began swinging a little bit Thursday and “continues to feel better,” per Slusser. While he’s out, Chad Pinder and Vimael Machin will fill in at short, says Gallegos.

In addition to all this, rookie southpaw A.J. Puk is facing batters in his bullpen sessions, and if all continues to go well he could be ready to come off the IL and make his season debut next week. Click here for more details on Puk. The return of the lefty would be especially timely considering that swingman Daniel Mengden just went on the IL due to his positive coronavirus test.