• Third baseman Josh Donaldson returned to the A's lineup on Tuesday night after missing Sunday's game against the Astros with a strained quad.
"He's good enough to play, so that's good enough for me," manager Bob Melvin said. "I don't make those calls on whether or not he's healthy or not, but he is a guy that's played a little bit dinged up before and I don't think at this time of the year you're 100 percent healthy anyway."
• Right-handed reliever Dan Otero was expected to be away from the A's due to the birth of his child, but Melvin said Otero was going to rejoin the team in Minneapolis on Tuesday as his wife, Tiffany, won't be induced until Thursday. Melvin said he expects Otero to miss Thursday's series finale against the Twins and Friday's opener at Texas.
• Lefty Brett Anderson has picked up three three-inning saves in the past two weeks, but even though it looks like he's being stretched out for a potential start, Melvin said he expects Anderson to remain in the bullpen for the rest of the season.
"He hasn't started in awhile so that plays into it," the skipper said. "The option is open, we could potentially do it, but we do like the way our starters are throwing and he does give us added depth in the bullpen, which you can never have too much of anyway."
Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.