Also in the lineup at designated hitter on Monday was Derek Norris, who is dealing with a right shoulder issue stemming from a play at the plate on Saturday. Norris received a shot on Sunday and was feeling much better. He could be available to catch if necessary.
With Norris hurting and John Jaso and Stephen Vogt unable to catch, Geovany Soto -- acquired from the Rangers on Aug. 24 -- has at times seemed like a godsend.
Soto got the start behind the plate Monday after a solid all-around performance in Sunday's extra-inning victory over the Phillies, and he could see significant playing time during the three-game set against the Angels.
"He's really done a nice job fitting in here," Melvin said. "He's gotten some big hits for us, he does some good stuff behind the plate, brings a lot of energy. With Norris a little banged up right now, there's a good chance he catches a couple of these games, certainly with the left-handers that are on the mound."
Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.