Norris to begin rehab assignment

Norris to begin rehab assignment
August 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Derek Norris is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday by which time he could be back in the A's lineup. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND – A’s catcher Derek Norris will head to Tacoma and join Triple-A Sacramento for a rehab assignment beginning Saturday, manager Bob Melvin confirmed.
 
Norris has been out since  Aug. 21 with a fractured left big toe. If all goes well, Norris could be back with the A’s next week. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday. Sacramento’s regular season ends Monday, so that would give Norris three games to test out whether he’s ready to be activated.
 
Norris’ absence, combined with concussion symptoms that have sidelined John Jaso several weeks, left the A’s very thin at catcher until Kurt Suzuki was acquired last Friday in a trade from Washington.
 
Jaso was scheduled to hit off the tee and do some soft-toss hitting before Friday’s game, according to Melvin. How the A’s handle their coaching rotation if and when they have four healthy catchers at their disposal remains to be seen.
 
In other injury news, right fielder Josh Reddick received an injection Wednesday to relieve pain in his sprained right wrist. Reddick is wearing a splint on the wrist, and Melvin said it would take a bit of time to let the injection take effect.
 
“Hopefully that helps him out some, it certainly did trick for Coco (Crisp),” Melvin said.

Crisp received a cortisone shot in mid-August for a wrist injury that he’s since returned from.

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Once rosters can expand to 40 on Sunday, Melvin said the A’s will bring players up in staggered segments.

“We’ll see,” the manager said. “You can always look to get some reinforcements, whether it’s to give yourself a little length (as far as) pitching or add a certain dynamic that you need to enhance some, whether it’s a speed thing …  We have some ideas for Sunday and then maybe some more after that.”

The A’s typically add a reliever or two in early September to boost the relief corps. Second baseman Jemile Weeks is a pinch-running option at Sacramento, and Melvin’s reference to a “speed thing” certainly suggest Weeks could be ticketed for the bigs at some point in September.
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Melvin said there were no imminent trades in the works, as Saturday’s deadline approaches to add players and have them be eligible for the postseason. But he added that the A’s front office is always on the lookout for deals to help the club.

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