Worth noting

• Melvin expects injured pitcher Brett Anderson to make a rehab start on Sunday for Double-A Midland, as long as "he's all right."

Melvin seemed optimistic that Anderson would return to the rotation after five days, as long as the Minor League start doesn't raise any problems with the sprained right ankle which forced him to the 15-day disabled list.

"Very well could be, depending on how that goes, too, without getting ahead of myself," Melvin said.

Anderson "threw well" in a bullpen session on Wednesday. He last appeared for Oakland on April 29, when the A's won a 19-inning bout against the Angels. This season, he's 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA.

• Melvin also discussed two of his injured outfielders on Thursday. Coco Crisp has been out with a strained left hamstring and Chris Young has been sidelined with a strained left quad. Both players were injured in the April 29 game, too.

"They're all feeling better," Melvin said. "Young is probably a little bit ahead of Crisp right now, but Coco took some swings yesterday off the tee. If everything goes well, he could start running here in a day or two."

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.