Inge remains sidelined as A's play it safe

Inge remains sidelined as A's play it safe

ANAHEIM -- A previously depleted A's bench gained in number for Monday's three-game series opener in Anaheim, but Brandon Inge remained one of the few sidelined, as he continues to battle right groin tightness.

Kila Ka'aihue, who had been held out of the lineup for two straight days because of a tight right hamstring, again did not start but was feeling better and was expected to potentially be available in a pinch-hit situation on Monday.

Inge, however, wasn't expected to be. In fact, manager Bob Melvin didn't sound overly optimistic when speaking of the third baseman, who landed on the disabled list with a groin injury -- on the opposite side -- at the beginning of the season in Detroit.

"I'm a little leery of trying to have him go out there, the way he plays the game," Melvin said. "He's max effort, all-out all the time. That's the thing I worry about. Getting out of the box, if you tweak that thing again, now you're looking at the DL. We want to get him to a point where he feels like he's ready to play and then give him one more day.

"We'll know more later, but I talked to him some, too, and he really wants to see how he feels swinging and being out on the field, as far as taking ground balls and so forth. He'll do a little more than yesterday, but you have to be careful with that."

Inge's absence follows an eye-popping week that saw the veteran tally four four-RBI games with four home runs -- two of them grand slams -- in a five-day span. In his stead, Josh Donaldson is gaining more time at third and, upon Inge's return, could potentially become a right-handed option at first base, Melvin said.