A's activate Zobrist from DL; option Gentry

A's activate Zobrist from DL; option Gentry

OAKLAND -- An A's club looking to find its stride while simultaneously battling injuries welcomed back a key cog to its offense Monday, activating Ben Zobrist from the disabled list.

Outfielder Craig Gentry, batting .079, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the 25-man roster.

The A's will ease Zobrist into play, having opted to rest him during Monday's day game against the Tigers so he can start Tuesday.

"It's always nice to have a guy back that you feel like is very impactful for your team, and obviously we made that trade for a reason," said A's manager Bob Melvin, "so it's good to have him back."

The A's have been without the ultra-versatile Zobrist since April 25, when he hit the DL with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee that required surgery three days later. Zobrist recovered rather quickly and began a rehab assignment last week, playing five games overall between Class A Advanced Stockton and Triple-A Nashville.

Zobrist went a combined 5-for-16 in that span and was also able to use that time to adjust his sliding technique to prevent further damage to his left knee. He said the knee still feels a bit weaker than his right, but noted he's been told by trainers it's not noticeable when he's playing.

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