Holmes (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Holmes was able to throw on flat ground Sunday with no issues, clearing the way for him to toss a bullpen for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury earlier in camp. Assuming everything goes as planned Monday, Holmes should progress to facing live hitters before working his way into spring games. The 22-year-old is expected to open the season in the minors, though he could make his big-league debut in summer.
Holmes, who has been dealing with a shoulder issue, will throw on flat ground Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
There hasn't been much news on the pitching prospect's shoulder injury, so the hope is that it's only a minor affliction. Holmes is just 22 years old with a bright future, but was expected to begin the year in the minors all along, even after receiving an invite to big league camp.
Holmes is entering his third year with the Athletics organization after being acquired from the Dodgers as part of the Josh Reddick and Rich Hill deal back in 2016. The young righty made 24 starts for Double-A Midland last season, posting a 4.49 ERA and 13.8 percent K:BB rate over 148.1 innings of work. He'll likely begin the 2018 season in the minors again, but his big-league spring training appearance should aid in his overall development.
Holmes, 21, has a 5.00 ERA and 78:27 K:BB through 72 innings for Double-A Midland.
Holmes has tossed shutouts in two of his last three outings, though he was bombed in the other start. He has shown above-average strikeout stuff but is still getting hit hard, as evidenced by his .298 BAA. Holmes is still working out the kinks in his delivery and command, and must also prove he can be more than a two-pitch pitcher.
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