Pennington OK following Bell's palsy flare-up

Pennington OK following Bell's palsy flare-up

OAKLAND -- A's shortstop Cliff Pennington was walking around the clubhouse with his right hand covered in a bandage that looked like a cast on Sunday, raising concerns of his availability.

Not to worry, said Pennington, it was just ice -- a precautionary measure. He was in the lineup on Sunday.

Pennington was out of Saturday's lineup because of his recent bout with Bell's palsy, a disorder of the nerves that control movement of the muscles in the face.

"It's a lot better," Pennington said of the Bell's palsy, which usually disappears on its own after a few weeks or so. "I mean, it's still there. It's no big deal."

Pennington missed a handful of games as a result of the disorder, and the A's feel a need for caution.

Pennington, who hit .167 on the recently concluded road trip, is batting .342 since the All-Star break.