Shortstop Cliff Pennington went 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in nine innings in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. Pennington is eligible to be reinstated at any time, after being placed on the disabled list July 20 with left elbow tendinitis. But Melvin said the club will not rush him back.
"We want to make sure he's comfortable and plays multiple games," Melvin said. "I think, with some of the struggles he's had at the plate, it'd be nice to get him back when he's swinging well. Confidence-wise, for him, that would be a prudent thing to do."
At the time of his injury, the struggling Pennington was batting just .197 with a .259 on-base percentage.