The Oakland A’s could end up seeing Brent Honeywell Jr. at some point this year after all.
That had been the hope as Honeywell began his rehab assignment on August 16. They would have until September 16 to activate him to the major league level at that point in time, something that the A’s were hopeful would happen. However, Honeywell needed to stay healthy and prove he can remain on the mound.
Brent Honeywell Jr. passes milestone in quest to return to Oakland A’s
The A’s have understandably been cautious with his rehab. He had been getting plenty of time between outings, making certain that his elbow and arm remain healthy enough to contribute. He had received anywhere from two to five days between outings, giving him plenty of rest, even as the A’s transitioned him into a relief role at Triple-A.
Now the training wheels are off. The A’s had Honeywell pitch on consecutive days to close out August, giving him an inning each on both the 30th and 31st. While he did not allow a run in those outings, what is important is that he emerged without any issues.
The same can be said when it comes to his performance. Honeywell has allowed six runs on ten hits, including three homers, and two walks over his 5.2 innings at Las Vegas entering Friday, striking out seven. But that is to be expected – he made a total of 34 appearances 2021, his first game action since 2017.
Right now, the goal is to get Honeywell to the majors and get a look for next year. The A’s are going to have openings, whether in the rotation or bullpen. With his former top prospect pedigree and previously devastating stuff, if he can even recapture 75% of what he was, he could still be a weapon.
The Oakland A’s have been cautious with Brent Honeywell Jr. during his rehab. Pitching on consecutive nights is a milestone in his comeback.