The Oakland Athletics have all sorts of All-Star candidates.
For the next four days, John Farell, the American League manager, will be in town. Any chance that Melvin will use the opportunity to lobby for his players?
“Might not be a bad time, we’ll see.”
Melvin then added that he doesn’t know Farrell particularly well.
“Usually it’s a phone call which most managers make you know maybe a week or so from now, A little bit later. This might be a little bit too early, but if I run across him, who knows?”
And who might you recommend?
“Well, I’m a little bit biased. I think there’s a number of guys that you could suggest and I don’t want to leave anybody out, so I won’t comment on names.
The manager also offered updates on Josh Reddick and Eric O’Flaherty, who are both rehabbing with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.
Reddick played right field on Wednesday night and went 1-for-3. According to Melvin, Reddick “felt good on the bases.” He’s scheduled to DH tonight.
Meanwhile, O’Flaherty needed just eight pitches to get through an inning of work.
“Heard he threw the ball really well.”
The left-hander has now made four rehab appearances including three in Triple-A and one for the Single-A Stockton Ports. Melvin said the reliever has been sitting in the 90-91 mph range but has hit 92 on the gun.
Melvin likened the rehab process to a pitcher going through spring training.
“I’m not sure yet. It’s more of a feel type of thing. We’re looking at probably the same type of thing as a guy would in spring training. When you count the simulated games outings or whatever, I don’t know. You’re looking at 10-12 [outings] like anybody else does”
Melvin also noted that the newly acquired Bard Mills will pitch Friday against the Red Sox with Jesse Chavez pushed back to Saturday.