Crisp's return is near

Published: Tuesday, May. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Friday, May. 17, 2013 - 5:11 pm

OAKLAND – The A's, who have a full outfield on the disabled list, may start getting those players back Wednesday.

Manager Bob Melvin said Coco Crisp (left hamstring) ran "full-out" before Monday's game against Texas and was going to take batting practice and fly balls. He said Crisp is on track to rejoin the A's on Wednesday.

Chris Young, meanwhile, homered and played seven innings in center field Monday in an extended spring training game. Melvin, though, said Young's right quadriceps did not feel 100 percent, leaving a Wednesday return in question.

"He did feel it a little bit, probably didn't let himself go all the way running down the line," Melvin said.

Not so imminent is the return of Josh Reddick, who has not swung a bat since going on the disabled list Wednesday. Reddick is rehabilitating his sprained right wrist and said he hasn't felt pain since getting a cortisone shot last week.

But he said he likely won't swing a bat for at least a week, and if the wrist continues to bother him, surgery is possible.

Reddick had surgery after injuring his left wrist in a similar location in 2011. But whereas that injury involved a tear, he said, this one does not.

"Hopefully it will be something that I can manage and strengthen back up," he said.

Melvin acknowledged the A's, who went 3-7 on their recent trip, have felt the absences.

"I think we probably miss Coco at the top of the order as much as anything. He's our igniter," Melvin said. "But you don't make any excuses. There's other teams with injuries, too."

Melvin also said left-hander Brett Anderson "didn't feel anything" with his right ankle in a rehab start at Double-A Midland on Sunday, which bodes well when he is eligible to come off the DL this weekend.

Call The Bee's Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015. Read his Bay Area Baseball blog at blogs.sacbee.com/bay-area-baseball/. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkawahara.

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