OAKLAND -- Wednesday's day game proved the perfect opportunity for manager Bob Melvin to rest a banged-up Kurt Suzuki, whose left hand has received quite the beating in recent days.
Suzuki was hit in the left hand by a Daniel Bard fastball in last week's series finale in Boston and, since, has taken a fair share of foul balls and -- on Tuesday night -- a bat to the same hand, all the while remaining on duty behind the plate.
But on Wednesday, for the A's two-game series finale against Toronto, Suzuki rested, while Anthony Recker received his sixth start of the season.
"He was in pain last night," Melvin said of Suzuki. "He's really tough. Last night, it got him. I almost thought we were going to have to take him out of the game. Today was an easy [decision]."
The dependable Suzuki has made 25 starts at catcher, most in the American League, and 541 since 2008, tops in the Majors over that span.
Cespedes' hand strained, not broken
OAKLAND -- The A's breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday afternoon, after hearing there is no break to Yoenis Cespedes' left hand.
An X-ray showed that the rookie outfielder suffered a strained muscle to the back of his hand, ruling out the possibility of an extended absence and instead leading the A's to list him as day-to-day.
"No breaks -- good news," manager Bob Melvin said.
Added Cespedes: "I'm happy because it's good news."
Cespedes will attempt to swing a bat on Thursday. Melvin is not ruling him out of the team's series opener against the Tigers, saying if he's not in the lineup on Thursday, "maybe the next day."
Cespedes said the injury surfaced last week while the team was in Boston but, at the time, wasn't of much concern. It was on Tuesday, before he was a late scratch from the A's lineup, when the soreness peaked during batting practice.
New teammate Brandon Inge called Wednesday's news "peace of mind for the entire team."
"You don't want to lose a bat like that in the lineup," he said of Cespedes, who has five home runs and 21 RBIs.
Coco Crisp, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday retroactive to May 3 with an inner ear infection, has yet to resume baseball activity. Melvin said Tuesday that Crisp appears better, "but [is] certainly not his old self."
Ryan Cook's 15 2/3 scoreless innings pitched this season are most among Major League relievers who have not yet allowed a run. The righty has a 16 2/3 scoreless-inning streak dating back to last year.