Injured A's trio continues to make progress

Injured A's trio continues to make progress

ATLANTA -- Jed Lowrie took some grounders at Turner Field on Friday in an effort to stay in baseball shape after going on the disabled list, but he took precaution not to put any pressure on his fractured right index finger.

"I see him trying to do whatever he can to try to keep himself as close to game-ready as he can without overtaxing the finger," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He just backhanded some balls and kind of rolled them in."

Meanwhile, Melvin had not yet heard how Craig Gentry's batting practice session with Triple-A Sacramento went. Gentry (fractured right hand) was eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 12, but he will obviously take longer as he still needs a rehab assignment before he could return to Oakland.

Melvin also confirmed that Nick Punto (strained right hamstring) is still doing light jogging as he works his way back.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.