Ramón Laureano has started doing full workouts on the field, indicating the A’s star center fielder could be nearing a return.
He participated in batting practice, did defensive drills and ran at 80% exertion level prior to the Oakland A’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals. There is still no timetable for Laureano’s return, but it’s possible Lauerano goes on a rehab assignment with the Las Vegas Aviators before his return to the team.
“We’re getting to a point where he’s increasing his baseball activity so we’ll see where we go from there,” manager Bob Melvin said.
Laureano has been out of action since May 27 with a right hip strain that landed him on the 10-day injured list on June 1. During an off-day in Colorado last week, Laureano saw Dr. Marc Philippon, based in Vail, to receive a cortisone injection in his hip and a PRP injection in his iliopsoas and groin muscles.
Laureano said running at full exertion level has been a key hurdle in his recovery, noting that he feels fine swinging in the cages. He said he might need to play a few hours in the outfield or running the bases to know if he’s 100 percent. He’ll know when he’s good to go.
“If I feel confident, I’ll go out there and play against Gerrit Cole,” Laureano said. “I never had this so I don’t know how it reacts.”
When Laureano returns, he will return to an All-Star bid he’d been steadily putting together prior to the injury. He was batting .257 with 11 home runs and an .834 OPS and a 1.8 WAR, which still ranks fourth highest on the team. Laureano has been known to be impatient and frequently in his manager’s office when injured for an extended period of time.
“I feel bad but I have to accept what’s happening and wait,” Laureano said.
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Trevor Rosenthal, who has missed all of the season after undergoing surgery on thoracic outlet syndrome prior to the season’s start, has been “pretty aggressive in his strengthening,” Melvin said. Though he hasn’t started playing catch yet, and he isn’t expected to for a while.
“Everything he’s doing, we’re still hopeful we’ll have him this year at some point in time,” Melvin said. “Loose timetable is sometime in mid-August …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment