8/12/2013 6:05 P.M. ET
A's sport two-man bench due to Crisp, Norris ailments
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
TORONTO -- The A's sported a two-man bench for Monday's series finale at Rogers Centre, with catcher Derek Norris and outfielder Coco Crisp unavailable due to injuries.
Norris is still dealing with back spasms, while Crisp is nursing a sore left wrist he aggravated during Saturday's victory, so Stephen Vogt again drew a start behind the plate, while Chris Young manned center field.
That left Seth Smith and Brandon Moss on the bench, with designated hitter Josh Donaldson acting as the backup catcher.
"We're probably a little bit limited today, which sometimes you are over the course of the season," manager Bob Melvin said. "This isn't the only time you deal with this. That's why you have other guys, and we expect them to perform."
Melvin said Norris "seems to be walking around a little better," leaving open the possibility of him being available as soon as Tuesday. First, he must get through a five-hour plane ride back to Oakland.
"I think that's a concern any time, but we do travel pretty well," Melvin said. "Sitting around like that for a long period of time isn't exactly what he needs right now, but there's not much we can do about that."
Neither injury is considered serious enough for a disabled-list stint, at least not yet.
"We'll have to see how they are tomorrow," Melvin said. "I don't think we're there."
Rosales' roller-coaster ride sends him back to Texas
TORONTO -- Adam Rosales was on the move again Monday, rejoining his old team.
His other old team.
Two days after being designated for assignment by the A's for the second time in 13 days, Rosales was claimed off waivers by the Rangers -- for the second time in seven days.
"I don't know what to say about that," manager Bob Melvin said. "What are you going to do?"
The Rangers originally claimed Rosales from the A's on Aug. 2, and he was in uniform for three games against the A's, but did not play. Then, when they needed extra outfielders to make up for the loss of the suspended Nelson Cruz, Texas was forced to designate Rosales for assignment, leading to the A's picking him up again.
Except they didn't have room for him on the roster, keeping him for all of one day before placing him back on waivers, hoping he'd get through this time so they could keep him in the organization. But the Rangers, after all, realized they needed another utility infielder. So, they came beckoning for his services again.
"Adam is a quality big league infielder," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We've always liked the way he goes about the game and the energy he brings. As our circumstances have changed over the past week or so, it changed our ability to carry him. We're glad to get a second chance at it."
"It's crazy," A's third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "I hope Adam gets a legitimate shot. He's a good baseball player, and everyone in this clubhouse respects him, not only as a player, but as a person. Everyone in here will be rooting for him, except when he's playing against us."
Rosales hit just .191 in 51 games spanning three stints with the A's. The numbers aren't overwhelming by any means, but the club truly valued his defense.
"I'm happy for him. Rosie's a solid big league player, and I'm happy somebody wants him and that he can have that opportunity over there," first baseman Brandon Moss said. "It [stinks], because it's them, but I wish the best for him. He's one of those people you can't help but root for."
"He's just excited to be on a team," right-hander Dan Straily said. "He just wants to play, wants to play every day."
Donaldson gets DH nod, could catch if needed
TORONTO -- Wanting to get Josh Donaldson off the turf at Rogers Centre on Monday, A's manager Bob Melvin elected to slot his everyday third baseman into the designated-hitter spot for the series finale.
It's Donaldson's first start at DH since 2010, when he filled the role on three occasions.
"This was planned all along," Melvin said. "He's played every day."
Donaldson has started 114 of the A's 116 games at third base, where Alberto Callaspo started on Monday, with Brandon Moss -- who made his first two career appearances at the position earlier this year -- serving as his backup.
Donaldson, meanwhile, was seen as the backup to catcher Stephen Vogt, with Melvin willing to risk the possibility of losing his DH rather than use a player with little to no experience behind the plate, while Derek Norris remained unavailable due to back spasms.
"My first option would be to take Josh out of the DH spot and pinch-hit in the catcher spot," Melvin said. "I don't even want to think about that, to tell you the truth, but that would probably be my first course of action."
Outfielders Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes were the only two to play in the field in all four games of the series, and Melvin said he'd likely give Cespedes a start at DH on Tuesday against the Astros.
• Catcher John Jaso (concussion) is continually progressing, A's manager Bob Melvin said, but has yet to resume baseball activities. He was placed on the disabled list on July 25.
• A previously struggling A's lineup entered Monday having recorded 10 or more hits in each of its past four games, batting .320 with 29 runs scored over that span. However, the team's average over the last 25 games remained low at .234, despite the recent outburst.
• Eric Sogard had his career-high 14-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday. It was the longest streak by an A's player this year.
Sogard was 20-for-51 (.392) with five doubles and 10 RBIs during the streak.