Grant Green was expected to see regular playing time at second base after the A’s called him up three weeks ago, but instead he started just five of 11 games there while going 0-for-15 and now he’s headed back to Triple-A.
Green was hitting .318 with 11 homers, 25 doubles, and an .874 OPS in 81 games at Triple-A and had just been named Pacific Coast League player of the month, but failed to get on base via hit or walk in 16 plate appearances for the A’s while striking out six times.
He’ll be back at some point, but it’s interesting that the A’s would rather go with light-hitting Eric Sogard as their primary second baseman than give a former first-round pick and far superior prospect in Green an extended opportunity.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.