Where is Brian Fuentes?
Though five runs allowed in nine innings of work for Brian Fuentes over his last five outings could perhaps explain his absence of more than a week, that’s not so much the case.
Fuentes, who was again rested in favor of southpaw Sean Doolittle following Ryan Cook’s ninth-inning fallout in the A’s loss to the Giants, has been slowed by an ankle issue that made him unavailable for a few days.
Fuentes, 36, said he has been 100 percent healthy since Sunday, and Melvin acknowledged as much, explaining that he wants to ease the lefty back into action in a non-pressure situation.
Fuentes last pitched June 14 in Colorado, marking a stretch of eight days (seven games) in which he hasn’t appeared in a game. He has a 5.79 ERA on the season, which ranks third highest among American League relievers.