Worth noting

• Josh Donaldson got a regular day out of the starting lineup on Wednesday. Melvin said he is a bit fatigued after starting each of the A's first 18 games in August.

• Melvin is "pretty close" to being willing to use lefty Eric O'Flaherty on back-to-back days. O'Flaherty is working on a scoreless streak of 10 1/3 innings.

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