"It had been lingering a little bit and we felt like this was probably the best course of action to speed up the recovery," Melvin said.
Oakland's leadoff man and center fielder injured his wrist while making a diving backhanded catch in Sunday's contest against the Blue Jays. He was inserted into the eighth inning of Tuesday's series-opening loss against the Astros as a pinch-runner and was available to do so again Wednesday.
Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.