Meanwhile, Melvin had not yet heard how Craig Gentry's batting practice session with Triple-A Sacramento went. Gentry (fractured right hand) was eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 12, but he will obviously take longer as he still needs a rehab assignment before he could return to Oakland.
Melvin also confirmed that Nick Punto (strained right hamstring) is still doing light jogging as he works his way back.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.