• The platoon-crazed A's are slated to face just one left-hander in their first seven games, forcing manager Bob Melvin to get creative when it comes to getting the entirety of his roster playing time.
Catcher Derek Norris will start one of the club's three games against the Indians, Melvin said.
"I do like to try to get everyone involved within the first three or four days, especially the bench players, the role-type players," he said. "They're getting consistent at-bats in Spring Training, and you don't want anyone sitting around for six or seven days and losing their edge. So we'll take a look at that."
• Right-hander Jarrod Parker, who was in line to start Opening Day before undergoing a second Tommy John surgery last week, was in the A's clubhouse Monday afternoon and included in the club's on-field introductions prior to the Opening Night game.
• Ryan Cook (shoulder) pitched an inning in a Minor League game Monday and "felt good, and that's what we're most concerned with," Melvin said. The righty reliever is still on track to return Saturday.