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Semien comes off paternity list for KC series

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KANSAS CITY -- A's manager Bob Melvin gave several injury updates before Friday's series opener against the Royals.

Infielder Marcus Semien was reinstated from the paternity list a day earlier than expected, but he was not anticipated to arrive at Kauffman Stadium early enough to be in the starting lineup. In a corresponding roster move, the club optioned infielder Franklin Barreto to Triple-A Nashville.

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KANSAS CITY -- A's manager Bob Melvin gave several injury updates before Friday's series opener against the Royals.

Infielder Marcus Semien was reinstated from the paternity list a day earlier than expected, but he was not anticipated to arrive at Kauffman Stadium early enough to be in the starting lineup. In a corresponding roster move, the club optioned infielder Franklin Barreto to Triple-A Nashville.

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"He'll be here for the start of the game," Melvin said of Semien. "I don't have him in the lineup because that would've been a little bit too much of a rush. But certainly we'll have him [available] off the bench."

Semien was placed on the paternity list on Wednesday following the birth of his second son, Joshua, with wife Tarah.

Injury updates
Paul Blackburn will be extended to 75 pitches in his next rehab appearance for Class A Advanced Stockton on Tuesday. Melvin said Blackburn is "on his way" to returning to the Major League club after being transferred to the 60-day disabled list on April 5.

Brett Anderson, who was placed on the 10-day DL with a left shoulder strain on May 19, will play catch for the first time Saturday.

• Relievers Santiago Casilla and Ryan Buchter are scheduled to throw bullpen sessions on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Casilla has only been out a week, while Buchter has been battling a left shoulder strain since April 26. Liam Hendriks will throw a relief session with Nashville on Saturday.

• Outfielder Boog Powell, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 8, will work out this week in Arizona. Melvin said Powell will be getting at-bats, doing baserunning drills and more "controlled-type" activities.

Jordan Wolf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.

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