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Monday, March 17, 2014

A's notes: Craig Gentry, Eric O'Flaherty, Fernando Rodriguez


By on 3/17/2014 01:30:00 PM

The Oakland Athletics will be trying for their third-straight American League West division crown in 2014. Craig Gentry, Eric O'Flaherty and Fernando Rodriguez are each progressing in their rehab with hopes of being a part of this potential playoff run.


By Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
Jane Lee of MLB.com reported the latest developments on each of Oakland's players.

Gentry has been dealing with a back injury for most of the spring. Lee noted the outfielder took batting practice on Sunday for the first time in almost a month. While it was only half of a normal round in the cage, it's encouraging to see him moving forward.

He's still a few days away from getting into games, and Oakland is hoping he can avoid a trip to the disabled list to open the season. Acquired this past winter from the Texas Rangers, Gentry hit .280/.373/.386 with 24 stolen bases in 106 games played.

O'Flaherty and Rodriguez continue rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Oakland signed O'Flaherty to a two-year, $7 million deal over the winter, and will be throwing another bullpen on Monday. Rodriguez is set to participate in a simulated game.

With the Atlanta Braves in 2013, O'Flaherty posted a 2.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 18 innings. Rodriguez hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2012 with the Houston Astros. He threw 70.1 innings, owning a 5.37 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.

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