OAKLAND – The A’s outfield is still without some key members in the lineup, but that situation should take a turn for the better.
Sam Fuld, who has appeared in just one of the past 10 games due to back spasms, took swings in the cage before Sunday’s series finale against Seattle. He’s expected to return sometime during the upcoming series against Houston, manager Bob Melvin said.
Right fielder Josh Reddick, who left Saturday’s game with an illness, could be available off the bench, according to Melvin. His absence from the lineup is expected to be temporary.
The status of left fielder Coco Crisp remains somewhat in limbo. He remains bothered by a hip issue stemming from a collision on defense during a game in Baltimore, and Crisp’s chronic neck issues also have kept him out of the lineup.
“He’s got some hip problems that probably preclude him from starting at this point,” Melvin said. “But late-game options, like we’ve seen here recently, he’s available for that.”
Despite the multiple physical issues Crisp has experienced, Melvin said shutting Crisp down for the season hasn’t been a consideration.
The veteran is under contract at $11 million for next season.