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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.

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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.

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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.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com.

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