Shortstop Cliff Pennington, on the 15-day disabled list since July 20 with left elbow tendinitis, took batting practice in the cage before Tuesday's game against the Rays. It was the first time he's taken live swings, and Melvin said he could begin a rehab assignment soon.
Left-hander Brett Anderson allowed two runs in four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, as part of his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Anderson threw 73 pitches.
Outfielder Coco Crisp remains day-to-day with a left hamstring strain, but Crisp joined Pennington in taking cage batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since injuring himself on Saturday.