OAKLAND -- A's righty Tyson Ross is set to see his first game action since injuring his left oblique on May 19 against the Twins.
Ross will make his first of at least two rehab starts Thursday for Triple-A Sacramento. The righty said he will likely pitch four or five innings but wasn't completely sure about how long he will be stretched out, something manager Bob Melvin said he would address after Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
Before suffering the injury, Ross was a pleasant surprise for the A's while filling the void in the starting rotation left by the injured Dallas Braden. Ross, who exited eight pitches into his last start, is 3-3 with a 2.75 ERA. Now that his oblique is feeling better, the righty is just ready to get back on the mound.
"There are no more limitations," he said. "I don't feel it anymore and I'm just kind of ready to get back to the normal schedule of things."
After Thursday's start, Ross will make another rehab outing for the River Cats, currently scheduled for Tuesday. Melvin said Ross is tentatively scheduled to make three rehab outings before being activated from the disabled list, but that can change with the All-Star break approaching.
"It's going to be pretty close right there, so I don't know exactly what we're going to do with the third one," Ross said. "We'll see what happens when that comes around."
Ross' progress means the A's are close to seeing three starters return. Right-hander Rich Harden is set to make his debut for the A's on Friday after being sidelined all season with a strained right lat muscle, and righty Brandon McCarthy was scheduled for a rehab start with the Class A Stockton Ports on Wednesday night and could rejoin the rotation next week.