6/9/2013 2:51 P.M. ET
After 17-game stretch, A's ready for off-day
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Considering how well the A's have done during a stretch without an off-day, perhaps they shouldn't take one, as scheduled, come Monday.
"Usually when you're playing well, you don't want the off-days," manager Bob Melvin said, "but in this particular case, we're all looking forward to it tomorrow.
"We've had a long stretch of games here, with National League teams, American League teams, different time zones. We're a little bit tired right now."
The A's played the final game of their 17-game span without an off-day Sunday, having covered five cities in that time. They won 13 of the first 16.
Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson have started all of them, yet Donaldson is the only one who's played the field in each, with Crisp and Cespedes getting something of a half day off by way of the designated-hitter role at least once.
"You can tell from day to day certain guys are dragging a little bit, but they go out there and give 100 percent," Melvin said. "They continue to play really hard."
Melvin confident Young will get going with bat
CHICAGO -- Chris Young, out of Saturday's lineup because of a stomach illness, was back in the mix for the A's in Sunday's series finale.
Young entered the game well under the Mendoza Line at .177, and, outside of one game in late May when he found himself batting .207, hasn't hit above .200 since April 11.
The veteran outfielder, no longer in an everyday role he had with the D-backs for so long, is adjusting to his new duties with the A's, and he was also sidelined for two weeks because of a strained left quad. Still, his performance hasn't dictated his talent level, manager Bob Melvin said Sunday.
"He's had a little bit of a tougher transition," Melvin said. "This is different than anything he's had to do before, but he continues to work, and we're all optimistic that his talent level is going to take over and he's going to put up the type of numbers he has in the past."
Young has never been one to post a high average, having exited Arizona with a .239 clip in seven seasons, but he tallied at least 20 home runs in four of those years, collecting 32 in 2007. In '10, he had 27. This year, he has five homers and 22 RBIs in 39 games.
"He's gone on stretches where he's been hot, and obviously with the average, some where he hasn't," Melvin said. "He hasn't really gotten into a groove yet and put up the type of numbers he's capable.
"You look at his numbers, he still has a decent amount of home runs at this point in time for his at-bats. He's got some RBIs, too. It's the average that hasn't been consistent, so he continually works to try to improve on that."
A's acquire Minors infielder Catricala from Mariners
CHICAGO -- The A's acquired Minor League third baseman Vinnie Catricala from the Mariners on Sunday in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
The 24-year-old Catricala, a native of Sacramento, was on Seattle's 40-man roster before being designated for assignment on June 2. He was batting .253 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 48 games for Double-A Jackson. He moves into the A's Top 20 Prospects list at No. 16.
He is expected to report to Double-A Midland.
Catricala was selected by the Mariners in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His best Minor League season came two years later, when he combined for 25 home runs and 106 RBIs in 133 games between Jackson and Class A High Desert.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.