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Derek Norris went 1-for-4 and caught seven innings on Saturday with Triple-A Sacramento in his first rehab start since fracturing his right toe.

Manager Bob Melvin said their were no issues with Norris' toe or his back, which kept him out with spasms in mid-August. He'll serve as the River Cats' designated hitter on Sunday before catching all nine innings on Monday in the Minor League club's last game of the season.

Norris then will have a few days to rest before he's eligible to return from the disabled list on Thursday. The A's will then have three catchers -- Norris, Kurt Suzuki and Stephen Vogt -- on their active roster, which could provide additional options for Melvin behind the plate. Norris and Suzuki both bat right-handed, while Vogt bats lefty, and all have solid rapports with the pitching staff.

Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for
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