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Drew Pomeranz will begin his rehab assignment Saturday night for Triple-A Sacramento, making the start against the Reno Aces.
It’s an enticing matchup for fans who head out to Raley Field, as former A’s right-hander Trevor Cahill will pitch for Reno.
Pomeranz, sidelined since June 17 with a fractured right (non-throwing) hand, has been throwing off the mound during his recovery to keep his arm in shape. That would seem to indicate that he’ll only need a short rehab assignment. The bigger question is whether he’ll fit back into Oakland’s major league plans once he’s ready.
If he does, it seems it will have to be in the bullpen, given that the A’s rotation looks set with Jesse Chavez, Sonny Gray, Jason Hammel, Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija. The other option would be to keep Pomeranz with the River Cats, and let him continue to work as a starter in case he’s needed down the stretch.
In other news, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters that second baseman Alberto Callaspo has a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring. He is eligible to be activated from the D.L. on July 27, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be ready by that date.
The A’s recalled switch-hitting infielder Andy Parrino from Sacramento to take Callaspo’s roster spot.
Eric Sogard is starting at second base Saturday night against Seattle, just his third start in the last 13 games.