• Melvin is not planning on adding an intrasquad game to his team's Spring Training schedule. Several clubs choose to organize one to give their players additional preseason game experience, but Melvin's reasoning was simple.
"We're not going to add a game just to add a game," he said. "We have 162 regular-season games, 30-plus during the spring. We have more drills we want to focus on before playing what is plenty of games."
• Yoga was back on the A's workout schedule Monday, marking the second year the club has committed to the daily exercise routine.
"Well, it worked last year," said Melvin. "It's really been good for our guys, and they embrace it. I think it was wise we broke it out again this year. It's not just flexibility, but balance and body awareness -- what parts of your body you need to work on to be a little bit looser and so forth."
Melvin took part in the sessions last year and plans to join in again when his back issues subside. The sessions are led by Katherine Roberts, who founded Yoga for Golfers to help athletes maximize their mind-body performance. She has worked with the Dodgers and Padres, as well.