• Melvin said Nick Punto (hamstring) was available for a late substitution on Monday but that he'd like to stay away from using him. Punto and the A's are targeting a return to the starting lineup during the Tigers series.
• Catcher John Jaso (back tightness) was on the bench to start Monday's contest, and Melvin said the plan was to have Jaso start on Tuesday against Tigers righty Max Scherzer.
• Right-handed reliever Ryan Cook (forearm) is slated to throw a bullpen on Tuesday while southpaw reliever Eric O'Flaherty (Tommy John surgery recovery) will throw a simulated game on Thursday. Cook is eligible to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, but Melvin said Cook will have to throw a couple more bullpen sessions before getting back to game action.