ANAHEIM -- Third baseman Josh Donaldson, who had started all but one A's game so far this season, got Wednesday night's game off.

Donaldson, in the midst of an 0-for-21 skid since a first inning homer Friday in Baltimore, was available to hit off the bench.

"I didn't go in and ask for one, but I'll take one, for sure," Donaldson said.

Since the A's are off on Thursday, Donaldson gets two days off, which made his face light up.

"That's a bonus to get two days off," he said. "We're at the point of the season where everybody can use a day off."

Manager Bob Melvin specifically targeted Wednesday so that Donaldson could get two days off in a row. In addition to not having a hit since his run-in with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado on Friday -- Machado thought Donaldson tagged him with too much force -- Donaldson has four throwing errors in addition to being hitless.

"I know the last four or five days aren't how I play normally," Donaldson said.

  • The family of Bob Welch, the 1990 Oakland Cy Young Award winner who died Monday, has set a memorial service for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grayhawk Country Club, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale, Az.

    In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Major League Baseball's RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program.

  • The buzz around the clubhouse before Wednesday's game was all about Tuesday's throw by Yoenis Cespedes from near the left field warning track in the bottom of the eighth inning. The ball carried on the fly to the plate, where catcher Derek Norris was waiting and applied the tag on Howie Kendrick, keeping the game tied and forcing extra innings.

    The Angels won 2-1 in 14 innings on Collin Cowgill's two-out homer off Jeff Francis.

    "That was amazing," Norris said. "When I saw the ball leave his hand, I knew it was on line. It was either going to hit me in the chest or go over my head. That was absolutely sheer arm strength."

    Cespedes got a call from his mother. She knew his shoulder had been bothering him, and after watching the throw, she wanted to make sure he was still healthy. He was able to assure his mom, who is a former Cuban Olympic softball player, that he was fine.

    He said he only saw video of the play once, then his phone vibrated. He showed off the latest entry, a video of the play taken from the left field stands in which someone had replaced the ball with a glowing fireball that carried from Cespedes' hand to Norris' glove.

    Donaldson said watching that throw was like "watching Tom Brady or Peyton Manning drop the ball right into a receiver's hands."

    Stephen Vogt, who saw the throw play from right field, was equally in awe.

    "If you weren't there, you wouldn't believe it," he said. "If you were there, you couldn't believe it."

    Batting coach Chili Davis summed it up nicely.

    "Cespy is a freak," he said. "I'd love to see him completely healthy and locked in for one year and see what he could do. It would be incredible."

  • The A's will be without infielder Alberto Callaspo over the weekend. He's leaving the team after Wednesday's game to fly to Florida, where his wife is about to give birth.

  • The A's have had right fielder Josh Reddick refrain from doing any baseball work over the course of the last 10 days to rest his knee after he ran into the wall in Oakland at the end of the last homestand.

    Melvin said the hope is that Reddick will be ready to start baseball activities this weekend, but Reddick will have to be checked out.