Alvarez throws two-inning simulated game

A's righty progressing well in recovery from shoulder surgery

Alvarez throws two-inning simulated game

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Henderson Alvarez, expected to join the A's rotation sometime next month, inched even closer toward that goal Friday, throwing a two-inning simulated game at the Coliseum.

Alvarez, who underwent shoulder surgery in July, totaled 30 pitches, throwing 15 in each inning against teammates Billy Burns and Mark Canha.

"He looked really good," Burns said. "His changeup looked pretty nice, I was definitely chasing it. He was spotting up, threw me a nice 3-2 heater right on the inside black, and I barely fought it off. His fastball had really good life and a little bit of run too."

"He's ramping it up each time," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Really looks like he could be in a game the way he's throwing. He's very excited when he's out there on the mound."

The A's will make sure Alvarez rebounds from the outing with no issues before announcing his next step, though it's presumed to be another simulated game. He could potentially throw two more of those before beginning a Minor League rehab assignment.

"It's already looking like he's throwing pretty hard," Burns said. "Everything had good movement, and it's a little bit hard to pick up the ball out of his hand. He hides it well and has a quick arm action, so it definitely adds to his deceptiveness."

Alvarez, who will turn 26 on Monday, was signed by the A's to a one-year deal this offseason. He was an All-Star with Miami in 2014.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.