Athletics' Chad Pinder could return from IL Friday for Twins series

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Pinder could return from IL for A's-Twins series on Friday originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Despite the Athletics' brutal 8-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night, there is good news. The A’s could be seeing utility player Chad Pinder back with the team as early as Friday.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Pinder definitely will be available for this weekend's three-game series at the Minnesota Twins.

The A’s (23-16) are tied with the Red Sox for the most wins in the American League, and the boost from Pinder only will make them better.

Pinder made a phenomenal catch on April 4 against the Houston Astros in right field, but he crashed into the wall and he was placed on the 10-day IL with a left knee sprain. 

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Pinder has only 10 plate appearances this year, but made an early impact with three hits, one home run and two RBI.

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Pinder played shortstop twice and right field once during his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators. Now that shortstop Elvis Andrus has a six-game hit streak going, it appears Pinder could continue his work in the outfield or second base if needed there as well.

Pinder and his “Swiss Army knife”-ways will be a welcome addition to the A's lineup and defense.