OAKLAND –- Coco Crisp was back in the A’s lineup Friday night, but a prolonged period of rest has not knocked out the physical ailments for the center fielder.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said he will continue to monitor his veteran leadoff man closely.
“He’s a little better,” Melvin said before Friday’s series opener against Baltimore. “It’s still going to be a day-to-day proposition with him, but he felt pretty good today.”
Crisp has had lingering neck soreness stemming from a crash into the outfield wall trying to make a catch early in the season. He also hurt an ankle trying to make a diving catch against the Giants right before the All-Star break, and Melvin has made vague mention to other minor injuries.
Crisp sat out the final four games before the break, then had the four days of rest over the break itself.
In other outfield injury news, the plan is for Josh Reddick (right knee strain) to continue his minor league rehab assignment through this weekend and then get re-evaluated. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list at any time.
First baseman Kyle Blanks, on the D.L. with a torn left calf muscle, has done some running and the hope is for him to crank up the intensity of running in the coming days. He’s been able to keep up on his other baseball activity, Melvin said.
There’s no word yet on when second baseman Alberto Callaspo (strained right hamstring) will start baseball activity.