Pennington, DeJesus return to lineup

The Sports Xchange

Oakland's lineup was back in its normal state on Friday night at Tampa Bay, with shortstop Cliff Pennington and outfielder David DeJesus both returning to action.

Pennington, who missed two games with Bell's Palsy, wore clear lenses in his regular sunglasses while in the field at Tampa Bay on Friday, just a precaution, protection for his left eye. Pennington can now blink again, but he had to come out of Monday night's game with dryness and blurred vision when he could not blink.

Pennington's condition has improved each day, which is what the medical staff wanted to see before allowing him to play, according to manager Bob Melvin. Pennington still cannot move the muscles in the left side of his face well, but because he can blink and because medication has been shown to improve things, he got the go-ahead.

David DeJesus came out of a game at Oakland on Saturday with right thumb soreness, and he said it is not clear if it is related to his season-ending thumb surgery last year -- it occurred a year later.

DeJesus was wearing a pad to minimize pounding on the area when batting on Friday night.

Pennington tripled in a run in the ninth inning of the A's 8-4 loss.

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