Jed Lowrie remained out of Oakland's lineup for a second game in a row with a bruised right index finger, but there is an excellent chance the shortstop will be back in action Thursday against the Twins.

Lowrie said Wednesday that the swelling has subsided substantially and he planned to do a little light throwing before the A's day game.

Lowrie could have pinch-hit - but as manager Bob Melvin pointed out, with no other infielders on the bench, there would have been no one to put in the field for Lowrie.

Melvin could choose to have Lowrie be the designated hitter for a game, which is what he did with Coco Crisp's first day back from his most recent bout with a neck problem. On Wednesday, Melvin used the DH spot for Stephen Vogt, who is dealing with a foot injury.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson is playing with a lot of dings, but he has turned down the chance to get a breather by DH-ing, according to Melvin.