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Cotton set to return to rotation Sunday

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OAKLAND -- Jharel Cotton is not yet ready to close the book on his 2017 season.

The A's right-hander, who was scratched with a groin injury just minutes before his scheduled start in Detroit on Monday, is set to return to the mound Sunday for a home start against the Rangers.

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OAKLAND -- Jharel Cotton is not yet ready to close the book on his 2017 season.

The A's right-hander, who was scratched with a groin injury just minutes before his scheduled start in Detroit on Monday, is set to return to the mound Sunday for a home start against the Rangers.

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Cotton threw a bullpen session at the Coliseum on Friday afternoon and said he felt no lingering effects. He'll take an 8-10 record and 5.81 ERA into Sunday's outing.

In other injury news, A's manager Bob Melvin said catcher Bruce Maxwell was expected to go through a series of concussion tests on Friday, after taking a direct shot to his facemask in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game in Detroit.

Maxwell has a long history of such concerns, but "felt pretty normal today," Melvin said.

"He talked about his day yesterday. Got up a little bit slow, but felt better as the day went along and feels a lot better today."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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