Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Blackburn set for follow-up MRI

OAKLAND — Paul Blackburn’s stay on the 10-day disabled list is going to be longer than initially expected, manager Bob Melvin said on Sunday morning.

After taking a line drive to the back of his hand on Tuesday, the rookie, who Melvin dubbed a “terrific surprise,” remains unable to play catch or even grip a baseball.

“It may take a little longer than we originally anticipated,” Melvin said. “He’s going to get a follow-up MRI. We’ll see how that goes.”

Melvin said that he’s not received any indication that the hand contusion will prove to be a season-ending injury for Blackburn, who’s sporting a 3.22 ERA in 10 starts.

Pinder in as Healy gets a break

A day after connecting on a pair of home runs in the A’s 8-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday, Chad Pinder is back in the lineup at right field for Sunday’s matinee.

“When he’s hot, he’s literally one of those guys that can carry a team,” Melvin said of the super-utility man.

Matt Joyce moves to left, Khris Davis goes to the designated hitter’s spot and Ryon Healy gets a day off.

Nuñez edging toward September cameo

Renato Nuñez, who’s slugged 32 home runs for Triple-Nashville, is all but a lock to join the A’s when rosters expand next month.

“I’m pretty certain there’s a good chance he’s going to be here with us,” Melvin said. “So, we’ll have to find some at bats for him.”

This season, the 23-year old has seen time at DH, left field, third base and even a couple of games at second.

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