CLEVELAND -- Coco Crisp received a scheduled day off on Wednesday, lending manager Bob Melvin the chance to play Ryan Sweeney, who could potentially start again on Thursday in one of the corner outfield spots.
"I was thinking about giving Coco a day off in New York, and then he went 4-for-4 that night, so he changed my mind," Melvin said, smiling.
But Crisp had collected just eight hits combined in the other 15 games he started after missing six contests with a strained right calf. He also hasn't stolen a base since the injury, but still ranks second in the American League with a career-high 37 for the season.
Sweeney entered Wednesday facing similar struggles, though his can be linked to inconsistent playing time. He came into Wednesday's contest with just 45 at-bats in the month of August, over which he tallied nine hits.
Still, Melvin believes that, given the right circumstances, Sweeney "does have the ability to be an everyday player."
"When you bring in Crisp, [Josh] Willingham, [Hideki] Matsui and [David] DeJesus, I think he knew going into the season that the role would be different for him this year," Melvin said. "The difficult part is you accept the fact that you're not an everyday player, and consider yourself a role player. But you still have aspirations to be an everyday player. That's difficult, so this has been a tough year for him."
Blevins recalled, Fuentes on bereavement list
CLEVELAND -- Lefty Jerry Blevins joined the A's again on Wednesday for what he and the club hope will be the sixth and final time.
"You can't promise anything to anybody about that, but I would say there's a good chance," manager Bob Melvin said. "I'd like to see that. Things can transpire to where sometimes it just doesn't happen, but I think everybody would like to see that happen."
Blevins, who has gone back and forth between Triple-A and Oakland this season, was brought aboard for the team's third game in Cleveland to take the active roster spot of Brian Fuentes, who was placed on the bereavement list.
It is unclear when Fuentes will return to the team.
It marks Blevins' sixth stint of the year with the A's, who are likely inclined to keep him around for the final month as rosters will officially expand on Thursday.
The left-handed reliever has been called up twice already on the club's current 10-game road trip. He joined the club Friday in Boston and allowed one run on four hits, spanning a combined three innings in two appearances against the Red Sox. He was then sent down between games of a doubleheader on Saturday.
"You obviously want to reward a guy that's taken several bullets for the team," Melvin said. "There have been several times where he probably went out for a second inning thinking, 'I'm the length guy, and I'm going out with a move to make tomorrow, and I'm going to be the guy.' He's had to persevere through a tough season."
Blevins provided the A's with two perfect innings on Wednesday night, striking out three.
Fuentes, who has a 1.59 ERA over his past 22 appearances after posting a 5.09 ERA in his first 38, is eligible to be reinstated on Saturday.