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As the A’s look to rebound from a three-game sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, they should be bolstered by the expected debut of left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty.
Manager Bob Melvin has indicated that O’Flaherty, who has been rehabbing all season from last year’s Tommy John elbow surgery, could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday’s homestand opener against Toronto.
The A’s have been pointing to O’Flaherty’s eventual return since signing the 29-year-old to a two-year $7 million contract in January. O’Flaherty pitched to a combined 1.68 ERA over the past four seasons as a setup man with the Atlanta Braves. Lefty Jeff Francis, who has worked mainly as a long reliever out of the bullpen, would seem to be a logical candidate to be sent down once O’Flaherty does return.
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There is still no timetable for a potential return for left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz (fractured right hand). He is throwing off the mound but is still not able to catch the ball with his glove hand.