Pin­der eyes re­turn for play­offs

San Francisco Chronicle - - SPORTING GREEN - By Matt Kawa­hara

A’s util­i­ty­man Chad Pin­der said he’s mak­ing progress in his re­cov­ery from a right ham­string strain and is “ex­tremely hope­ful” of be­ing able to play in Oak­land’s fi­nal reg­u­lar­sea­son se­ries against Seat­tle.

“I’m start­ing to feel like I’m turn­ing the cor­ner, start­ing to feel bet­ter,” Pin­der said Tues­day be­fore the A’s opened their se­ries against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. “I’m go­ing to get out there to­day and run a lit­tle bit. … We’re def­i­nitely on the right track of feel­ing good.”

Pin­der was placed on the 10­day in­jured list on Sept. 13 af­ter in­jur­ing his ham­string in a game at Texas. He said if run­ning went well Tues­day, he’ll be­gin tak­ing grounders and on­field work in the next cou­ple of days. The A’s hope to have Pin­der back for their first­round play­off se­ries, which be­gins next Tues­day; Pin­der said he’d

like to get into games be­fore the post­sea­son starts.

“It’s go­ing to be just how healthy he is,” man­ager Bob Melvin said of pos­si­bly hav­ing Pin­der for the Seat­tle se­ries. “I don’t know that we get him to 100% but we’d like to get pretty close.”

Pin­der’s in­jury oc­curred just as he was likely to re­ceive more play­ing time at third base against left­han­ders fol­low­ing Matt Chap­man’s sea­son­end­ing hip in­jury. The A’s sub­se­quently signed Jake Lamb, who made a fast im­pact by go­ing 8for­22 with two home runs and seven RBIS in his first six games with Oak­land. Pin­der is bat­ting .226 this sea­son with two homers and seven RBIS.

On Davis: Melvin said Khris Davis will be in the lineup Wed­nes­day against left­han­der Julio Urias and that he’d also like to get Davis at­bats against right­han­ders in the fi­nal week. Davis en­tered Tues­day bat­ting .197 but was 6­for­18 with three ex­tra­base hits in his past six games.

“His last 15 or so at­bats have been re­ally good,” Melvin said. “We have a bunch of left­han­ders once we get against Seat­tle. So he’s go­ing to get quite a few at­bats here, which is good be­cause we’d like to play off the fact that he has swung the bat here as well as he has maybe all sea­son. Hope­fully, we can get him go­ing a lit­tle bit more.”

Briefly: With teams al­lowed to carry up to 12 play­ers on the taxi squad in MLB’S play­off bub­ble, the A’s added catcher Car­los Perez, in­fielder Shel­don Neuse, out­fielder

Luis Bar­rera and pitch­ers Grant Holmes and Lu­cas Luetge, in ad­di­tion to play­ers who have been on the taxi squad for prior road trips this sea­son, The Chron­i­cle has learned. … Right­han­der Dan

iel Meng­den, who was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment Sun­day, cleared waivers and was out­righted to Triple­a Las Ve­gas.

Chron­i­cle staff writer Su­san Slusser con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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