ANAHEIM -- A pair of mainstay faces returned to the A's lineup on Monday, just in time for the start of a four-game swing through American League West rivals Los Angeles of Anaheim and Texas.
The A's were without second baseman Jemile Weeks -- who has seven hits in his past 18 at-bats -- and catcher Kurt Suzuki in Sunday's loss to Detroit, but both started against the Angels' Dan Haren on Monday.
Weeks singled in each of his first two at-bats on Saturday night before departing in the fourth inning with a sprained left ankle, while Suzuki simply garnered rest on Sunday while continuing to nurse a banged-up left hand.
The catcher's thumb has especially been of concern, as it's taken a beating in recent days. But Suzuki, whose 544 starts behind the plate since 2008 are the most among Major League catchers, is naturally not a fan of sitting on the bench, so Melvin is simply being cautious with his backstop, particularly during a 16-game stretch without an off-day for his club.