The Oakland A’s rotation has taken blow after blow through the first half of 2019. But with the All-Star break on the horizon, there was finally a bit of good news.

On Monday, Oakland ace Sean Manaea will make his first rehab start since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

Manager Bob Melvin said Manaea is slated to pitch three innings for Class A Stockton and progress from there.

“Obviously it’ll be incremental each time,” Melvin said. “We have to get him to a point where he’s comfortable, but it’ll be a nice shot in the arm to get him back.”

The next day, Jharel Cotton will begin his rehab assignment with Stockton. Melvin said he expects Cotton to take on a relief role when he rejoins the club.
“He’ll be right behind Manaea,” Melvin said.

Manaea was originally slated to begin his rehab assignment at the end of June, but the A’s nixed that when he began experiencing soreness in his right side. He hasn’t pitched in a live game since being placed on the injured list last August with rotator cuff tendinitis. He had pitched through the injury, posting a 3.59 ERA and no-hitting the Red Sox earlier in the season, until he was shut down.