A's outfielder Coco Crisp (pinkeye) was held out of the starting lineup for the 10th time in the last 11 games on Wednesday, though Melvin hopes his return is soon, after saying, "Looks a little better today." For a second straight day Crisp hit in the inside cages and participated in pregame workouts with his teammates.
"He's got to be fully comfortable, and we're still not at that point yet," Melvin said.
Lefty reliever Jordan Norberto (shoulder) began playing catch this week, but he's yet to throw off the mound. At this point, it's unlikely the versatile Norberto would be available for the early rounds of the playoffs, should the A's participate.
"I can tell you we've missed him," Melvin said. "He was a guy that was so valuable for us, a guy that always moved up into a role of a guy who wasn't available on a particular day. He's been as good a guy as any I've been around to be able to do that."