Estrada (back) completed a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday and relayed that he felt "OK" afterward, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. While Estrada wasn't overly positive about his first mound work since undergoing a procedure in April to alleviate back pain, the Athletics were likely satisfied with the fact that the 35-year-old took a step forward in the rehab process. According to Slusser, Estrada's prior experience with rehabbing back injuries (and perhaps his status as a pending free agent) could prompt the Athletics to take an aggressive approach with his recovery, even though he's been sidelined for more than two months. Prior to getting shut down, Estrada managed only a 6.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in five outings, but he should be assured a rotation spot if he's able to return shortly after the All-Star break. An already-weak Oakland starting staff suffered a major blow Friday, when ace Frankie Montas was handed an 80-game suspension.
Estrada (back) threw 15 pitches from flat ground Thursday and could toss a bullpen session as soon as Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Estrada was restricted to throwing fastballs from flat ground Thursday, but he could take another step forward over the weekend, assuming he feels good following his latest throwing session. The right-hander still has a ways to go before embarking on a rehab stint, however, per Gallegos.
Estrada (back) completed a throwing session on flat ground Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Estrada continued with his throwing program as he makes his return from a back strain and the ablation procedure he underwent in April. The 35-year-old will need to advance to throwing off a mound before there's any real timeline for his return to the majors.
Estrada (back) is continuing his throwing program and has progressed to throwing from 90 feet, Dawn Klemish of MLB.com reports. The rehabbing right-hander has been making steady progress since initiating his throwing program June 3, as he was tossing at a distance of 75 feet in his previous throwing session last Friday. Estrada still appears to have a multi-week recovery ahead of him, however, with a multi-appearance rehab assignment likely the eventual final step before activation.
Estrada (back) has progressed to throwing from 75 feet, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Estrada began playing catch Monday, and he's since been able to stretch out to 75 feet. He'll likely have to throw off flat ground for at least a few more days before moving to a mound. The right-hander has been on the 10-day injured list since April 17 due to a lumbar strain, so Oakland likely won't have any desire to rush him back.