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OAKLAND – It looks as though Brad Mills will get a second start in the A’s rotation.
Manager Bob Melvin indicated Saturday morning that Mills will pitch again after making his A’s debut Friday, when he gave up three runs and four walks in four innings. He took the place of the injured Drew Pomeranz.
“I would say, yeah,” Melvin responded when asked if Mills would get another start.
When that outing will come is up in the air. The A’s have off-days Monday and Thursday, sandwiched around a two-game series in New York against the Mets, and Melvin said he would have an announcement Sunday on how the rotation would be set up.
There were signs Saturday that interleague play is approaching, as pitchers stepped into the batting cage and took some swings. Sonny Gray, one of the better athletes on Oakland’s staff, showed off a decent swing. He has yet to record a plate appearance in the big leagues, but figures to get that chance in Tuesday’s series opener at Citi Field.
Scheduled to pitch that game for the Mets?
Former Athletic Bartolo Colon.
In other news, A’s catcher Derek Norris is doing better after leaving Friday’s game with a contusion on his left forearm. Melvin even mentioned Norris as a possibility off the bench Saturday afternoon.
First baseman Kyle Blanks is dealing with some left calf tightness but might also be an option off the bench.