Manaea has completed three bullpen sessions at extended spring training and has thus far avoided any setbacks in his recovery from left shoulder surgery, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Perhaps more encouraging than Manaea's lack of setbacks is the fact that his fastball velocity has been sitting in low 90s, roughly on par with where it was before he was shut down with the shoulder issue last August. Even if his velocity holds steady when he ultimately goes on a minor-league rehab assignment later this summer, Manaea will need to prove he can locate his changeup effectively before the Athletics consider bringing him back from the 60-day injured list. He's tentatively trending toward a return to the Athletics at some point in August or September.
Manaea (shoulder) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, his first since last September's surgery, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Manager Bob Melvin remarked that Manaea's session consisted solely of fastballs and went off without a hitch. It's an encouraging first step in what's expected to be a relatively extensive rehab process for the southpaw, and he'll likely repeat the process at some point toward the end of the week.
Manaea (shoulder) will throw his first bullpen session of the season Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Manaea has been sidelined since September shoulder surgery but is reportedly targeting a return around the All-Star break. His timeline could be clarified once the Athletics see how his shoulder responds to bullpen sessions.
Manaea (shoulder) is throwing from a distance of 120 feet, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The new distance represents a nice bump up for Manaea, who was throwing from 90 feet out in late March. The southpaw continues on track to return at some point this summer following his September 2018 surgery. Manaea will likely increase his throwing distance again in the near future and eventually graduate to bullpen sessions.
Manaea (shoulder) threw from 90 feet Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Manaea continues to make steady progress as he works his way back from mid-September shoulder surgery. The southpaw has already thrown from 90 feet twice and is hoping to return around the All-Star break.
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