Laureano (shin) begins running, eyes at-bats

August 22nd, 2019

OAKLAND -- , feeling stir-crazy in his recovery from a stress reaction in his right shin that has mostly required rest, is starting to get in on some real action.

Laureano took part in running drills on the field Tuesday, and A’s manager Bob Melvin revealed Wednesday that the center fielder will likely take some at-bats on Friday at Class A Advanced Stockton, where right-hander Daniel Gossett, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, will throw to hitters in a live batting practice session.

“He may follow [Gossett] down there and take some at-bats,” Melvin said before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. “We’re trying to keep him up to speed as far as at-bats and baseball stuff without the running, so once he starts running we can get him back sooner than later.”

Laureano indicated no soreness after the running drills. He’ll give his shin a few days of rest before running again on Saturday. But if it were up to him, Laureano said he’d put himself in the starting lineup immediately.

“I just want to play,” Laureano said. “I don’t need a rehab assignment or anything. I’m just going to see what they say. But I want to go out and play right away.”

While the A’s appreciate Laureano’s exuberance, they also are committed to exercising caution with him to avoid any potential setback, which could end his breakout 2019 season that has seen him achieve a .284 batting average with 21 home runs and 58 RBIs to go with a team-leading 12 stolen bases.

The timetable for Laureano's return hasn't been set, but Melvin is just glad to give the anxious outfielder something to keep him busy.

“Restless is putting it mild,” Melvin said. “We have to find something to occupy his time right now. This is good. He’s finally on a field running around and feeling great. But we have to be careful with him.”