That plan, however, was dashed.
"He was going to and he didn't," Geren said after Thursday's 6-4 loss. "He didn't feel like he was ready to do that. No baseball activities."
Chavez confirmed as much and when asked how he was feeling, he said, "Not good."
"It just hasn't gone as planned," he added. "I've had back problems before and recovered from them pretty quickly. This one's a little puzzling."
Geren has said the A's aren't considering the DL for Chavez, who, when asked about that possibility, said, "I'm not sure what the plan is."
Loaiza on hold: Before heading to Triple-A Sacramento for his first Minor League rehab start, righty Esteban Loaiza said he was hoping to be activated in time to make his 2007 debut next week in Texas.And after giving up three hits and a walk while throwing 61 pitches over 4 2/3 scoreless innings for the River Cats on Wednesday, Loaiza still would like to pitch in Texas. But, he said on Thursday, "That's not gonna happen. I don't think they're taking me on the road with them." They're not.
Geren said Loaiza topped out at 84 mph on two different radar guns on Wednesday, and the A's would like to see Loaiza make two more starts at Triple-A."He did OK," Geren said of Loaiza's work in Sacramento. "He's gonna have to go back out and get his arm strength up. ... He has to build up his velocity." "I felt good," said Loaiza, who had surgery on his right knee on May 31. "I could have kept going, but they told me 60 pitches. So I threw 60 pitches." Dribblers: Former A's ace Dave Stewart presented center fielder Mark Kotsay with the annual Dave Stewart Community Service Award before Thursday's game. Kotsay and his wife, Jamie, are heavily involved in local charities. "Obviously it's a great award," Kotsay said. "Being in this game, luckily I have had the ability to give back." ... Righty reliever Santiago Casilla, who allowed one run over his first 17 outings after being called up from Sacramento on June 3, had given up six runs in his past eight outings through Wednesday. Geren said Casilla has been struggling with his fastball command and a mechanical adjustment is in the works. Up next: A's lefty Lenny DiNardo (5-6, 3.10 ERA) takes on Angels righty Dustin Moseley (4-1, 4.37 ERA) on Friday at McAfee Coliseum in the second game of the series. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
Mychael Urban is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.