Left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty, coming off Tommy John surgery, could be ready this weekend when the A's are at home to face the Toronto Blue Jays, according to John Hickey of bayareanewsgroup.com. On rehab, O'Flaherty last pitched a scoreless inning June 28 for Triple-A Sacramento. Right-fielder Josh Reddick, on the DL as of June 29 for a right knee strain, has no added structural damage shown by an MRI. Derek Norris (sore back) took swings in the batting cage on Monday, in addition to other baseball activities. Manager Bob Melvin said he hoped Norris would be able to play a game in the present series against the Detroit Tigers.
As reported here, Derek Norris left Friday night's game with lower back tightness and has had back issues in the past. He is hitting .304/.406/.509 (OPS+ 158) with eight homers and 35 RBI. Norris is in competition with Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (out for the season with TJ surgery) for a spot on the AL All-Star Team.
Josh Reddick left Saturday's game in the fourth inning after re-injuring his knee, as reported here. In 54 games, Reddick is only hitting .229/.296/.358 (OPS+ 85) with four homers and 24 RBI. Reddick had been on the DL for 20 games through June 24 with a hyperextended knee, and played just four games before reinjuring it.
Eric O'Flaherty, 29, was signed by the A's in the off-season to a two-year $7 million deal, knowing he would not be available until July due his recovery from TJ surgery in May of 2013. In his eight-year major league career, the lefty has posted a 20-7 record with a 2.85 ERA and 1.243 WHIP. He was particularly impressive as part of the Atlanta Braves' bullpen, going 13-7, ERA 1.99 and 1.155 WHIP in 249 innings over five seasons.
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