DETROIT Another week and cortisone shot later, Matt Chapman appears to be close to making his return.
After receiving his second cortisone shot in as many weeks Monday, this time at the top of his right hand as opposed to the one he received near the base of his thumb, Chapman has been feeling better as each day passes.
The plan is for Chapman to pick up a bat and begin taking swings either Thursday or Friday, a decision As manager Bob Melvin said would be made after Wednesday nights game against the Tigers.
We could push it back a day based on just trying to give it three full days for the cortisone shot, but hopefully that is the case, Melvin said. Wed like to take a look at it.
Chapman, who was batting .250 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs before landing on the disabled list June 15, might be getting to the point where he may require a minor league rehab stint, likely with Single-A Stockton. Should he go down to the minors, dont expect it to be for too long.
We could get him a few days of hitting and then potentially maybe look for a Stockton game, Melvin said. Usually if its past ten days youd like to get him at least a game, but were also eager to get him back in our lineup. Thatll be a decision well make here in the coming days. We want to make sure hes OK getting to that point.
Trevor Cahill (strained right Achilles) came away pain-free from his 20-pitch session back in Oakland Tuesday and will throw another bullpen session Friday when the team returns home for the start of a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians.