Suzuki was hit in the left hand by a Daniel Bard fastball in last week's series finale in Boston and, since, has taken a fair share of foul balls and -- on Tuesday night -- a bat to the same hand, all the while remaining on duty behind the plate.
But on Wednesday, for the A's two-game series finale against Toronto, Suzuki rested, while Anthony Recker received his sixth start of the season.
"He was in pain last night," Melvin said of Suzuki. "He's really tough. Last night, it got him. I almost thought we were going to have to take him out of the game. Today was an easy [decision]."
The dependable Suzuki has made 25 starts at catcher, most in the American League, and 541 since 2008, tops in the Majors over that span.