DETROIT — The injury situation in the Oakland clubhouse Tuesday wasn't as dire as the A's may have feared Monday night.

Yoenis Cespedes and Derek Norris were still not in the A's lineup, but both could be on Wednesday.

And Scott Kazmir, who came out of Monday's start with a leg cramp, reported to Comerica Park feeling fine and is expected to make his next start this weekend against the Blue Jays.

Cespedes said in English that he could play, that his left hamstring hadn't cramped Monday as much as it just tightened. Either way, he said, ``I can play.'' Manager Bob Melvin thought it best to give him the start off.

The left fielder hurt himself running from first to the plate on Brandon Moss's go-ahead double in the eighth inning and was lifted from the game before the bottom of the eighth began.

Norris, dealing with back issues on this three-city road trip, caught starter Tommy Milone's off-day bullpen session before Tuesday's game, then took batting practice.

The catcher said he wasn't going to make any predictions, but that he felt he was very close to playing.

``I can't go until Nick (trainer Nick Paparesta) says I can,'' he said. ``But I'm feeling all right.''

  • Lefty Drew Pomeranz, who took himself out of the A's rotation by fracturing his right hand hitting a chair after his start on June 16, has been throwing regularly and made another advance during Tuesday's throwing session back in the Bay Area.


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    He put his glove on his fractured right hand while throwing. He didn't catch the ball, but he's evidently getting closer to being able to do that.

    Melvin said even though Pomeranz has been throwing, ``based on the time off,'' he will probably need a game or two on an injury rehabilitation assignment before he's ready to rejoin the rotation.

  • Kyle Blanks, on the disabled list with a strained left calf, has been able to do most baseball work, but the first baseman is still inhibited by the calf problem when he runs, Melvin said.

    ``He's fine on a stationary bike or elliptical,'' the manager said, ``but he struggles when he runs.''