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A’s injuries: Laureano out of Sunday lineup; Pinder nearing return

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Precautionary rest for Laureano

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The Oakland A’s latest injury updates feature a short-term bump, but a big long-term positive.

The A’s were without CF Ramon Laureano on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Laureano got the day off amid a right thumb issue — he could have played if needed, but with the team getting an off-day Monday they took the chance to give him some extended rest, reports insider Martin Gallegos.

Laureano’s thumb has been an issue on and off throughout the homestand, adds Alex Coffey of The Athletic. Still, in nine games at the Coliseum he went 10-for-32 with four homers, a double, six walks, and an 1.140 OPS, and two of the dingers were effectively game-winners.

While the A’s won’t be playing Monday, the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators will be, and super-sub Chad Pinder is expected to join them. He’ll begin his minor league rehab assignment either that day or Tuesday, and play at least three games, putting him on a timeline to “be activated sometime during the upcoming series at Minnesota,” per Matt Kawahara of the S.F. Chronicle. Oakland visits the Twins from Friday through Sunday.

Pinder went on the 10-day IL in the first week of April due to a sprained left knee. Entering the season he was a prime breakout candidate.

Updated injury report: