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A’s injury updates: Chad Pinder, Burch Smith on the mend

Progress for two members of the injured list

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The Oakland A’s have seven players on their injured list right now, but two of them have made recent progress toward returns in the hopefully near future.

Super-sub Chad Pinder, who sprained his left knee in the first week of the season, has resumed running the bases, reports insider Martin Gallegos, which was considered a major milestone in his recovery. A potential date of May 10 had previously been reported for a possible minor league rehab assignment, and that’s still generally the timeframe — he could even begin as soon as this weekend, adds Gallegos.

Meanwhile, reliever Burch Smith has already begun his rehab. He’s also been out since the first week of April, with a groin strain, and he pitched Thursday night for Triple-A Las Vegas. The right-hander worked 1⅓ innings, facing six batters and striking out two of them, though he did also allow a pair of hits and then watched one of them come around to score after he’d exited the game.

Per Gallegos:

Burch Smith came away feeling good from his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas last night. Melvin says he could rejoin the A’s “pretty soon.” Will discuss more with the training staff.

Here’s the updated injury report: