KANSAS CITY – Sonny Gray threw on the side before Monday’s game against the Royals and he’s been cleared to advance to the next level of his recovery from this spring’s right lat injury.
Manager Bob Melvin said Gray will throw two sets of 15 pitches each against hitters before Thursday’s final game against Kansas City.
“He threw 35 pitches, but then sat down and got back up and threw a simulated inning,” Melvin said.
The A’s came into the spring figuring Gray, 27, would be their opening day starter. Now they are hoping he’ll be pitching by the end of the month.
“He’s throwing hard down there,” Melvin said. “Sometimes it’s tough to look like you are throwing 100 percent. He does. The intensity is there. He’s looking forward to getting the hitters and more than anything looking forward to going out on rehab and throwing in games.”
Chris Bassitt, who is hoping for a mid-season return to the rotation after last year’s ligament replacement surgery, threw two sets of 15 pitches each on Monday at Class-A Stockton. Melvin said the reports on Bassitt were good.