A dose of injury updates
Travis Buck has fully recovered from the strained right oblique muscle
that put him on the disabled list April 22, but the A’s outfielder is
now experiencing leg soreness. Buck has undergone several tests for the
problem, all of which have come back negative. He will receive more
tests this week in hopes of figuring out the cause of said pain and continue his rehab work.
Joey Devine and Josh Outman will revisit orthopedist Dr. James Andrews this week. Both pitchers have experienced several setbacks recently and, according to manager Bob Geren, will be “shut down for a fairly extended period of time.” Devine was hoping to be undergoing a Minor League rehab stint by now and join the team by the end of the month. He had Tommy John surgery last April, and players usually require 12 months of recovery time.
Brett Anderson (elbow tendinitis) is steadily progressing with his rehab program in Arizona, where he’s now throwing up to 160 feet from flat ground. If all continues to go well, the right-handed starter may very well be back in Oakland’s starting rotation shortly after the All-Star Break.
A handful of Minor League tidbits: Chris Carter is batting just .238 for Triple-A Sacramento. He’s collected 15 homers, but he’s also tallied 82 strikeouts in 70 games. … Michael Taylor, meanwhile, has been struggling a bit at the plate as well. He’s hitting .241 through 56 games for the River Cats. His strikeout total: 42. …2010 Spring Training invitees Dallas McPherson and Eric Sogard are posting big numbers for Sacramento. McPherson went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs in Tuesday’s contest and how has four long balls and nine RBIs over his last four games. Sogard’s been impressive all season for the River Cats and most recently has a 15-game hitting streak, a time during which he’s batting .373 (22-for-59). … 2009 first-round Draft pick Grant Green, who on Tuesday was named to the 2010 All-Star Futures Game, ranks third in the California League with 90 hits. … Remember Brad Kilby? He’s been on the disabled list in Sacramento since May 27.