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Ramón Laureano has started doing full workouts on the field, indicating the A’s star center fielder could be nearing a return.

He participated in batting practice, did defensive drills and ran at 80% exertion level prior to the Oakland A’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals. There is still no timetable for Laureano’s return, but it’s possible Lauerano goes on a rehab assignment with the Las Vegas Aviators before his return to the team.

“We’re getting to a point where he’s increasing his baseball activity so we’ll see where we go from there,” manager Bob Melvin said.

Laureano has been out of action since May 27 with a right hip strain that landed him on the 10-day injured list on June 1. During an off-day in Colorado last week, Laureano saw Dr. Marc Philippon, based in Vail, to receive a cortisone injection in his hip and a PRP injection in his iliopsoas and groin muscles.

Laureano said running at full exertion level has been a key hurdle in his recovery, noting that he feels fine swinging in the cages. He said he might need to play a few hours in the outfield or running the bases to know if he’s 100 percent. He’ll know when he’s good to go.

“If I feel confident, I’ll go out there and play against Gerrit Cole,” Laureano said. “I never had this so I don’t know how it reacts.”

When Laureano returns, he will return to an All-Star bid he’d been steadily putting together prior to the injury. He was batting .257 with 11 home runs and an .834 OPS and a 1.8 WAR, which still ranks fourth-best on the team. Laureano has been known to be impatient and frequently in his manager’s office when injured for an extended period of time.

“I feel bad but I have to accept what’s happening and wait,” Laureano said.

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