MLB.com's Jane Lee on A's acquiring Lowrie, Rodriguez

ARLINGTON -- Tommy John rehab is officially behind Fernando Rodriguez, who was taken off the disabled list Tuesday and optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

The A's reliever, who underwent the elbow reconstructive procedure March 27, 2013, got through his entire rehab in 13 months without any setbacks.

He'll be pitching for a shot to join the A's bullpen for the first time, as his surgery came less than two months following his trade with Jed Lowrie from Houston last spring.

"Now it's full-go for him without the rehab process, and that's definitely a resource we have during the season," said manager Bob Melvin. "Gives us the added depth in the bullpen, definitely."

Rodriguez made eight rehab appearances before being added to Sacramento's roster, allowing just one earned run while striking out 10 and walking two in 8 2/3 innings.

Cespedes returns to A's lineup

OAK@HOU: Cespedes exits the game with injury

ARLINGTON -- After missing four straight games with a strained left hamstring, Yoenis Cespedes returned to the A's lineup in Tuesday's 9-3 win in Texas.

Cespedes made the start against Rangers lefty Martin Perez at designated hitter and went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks before exiting in the seventh.

"He was a little bit sore just from running around, but he's telling me he can play tomorrow," said manager Bob Melvin. "We'll see."

Melvin, still trying to ease his outfielder back into action, would DH him again if he does play in the series finale.

The A's went 2-2 during Cespedes' absence and are 180-103 all-time when he's in the starting lineup, compared to 27-41 when he doesn't.