Left fielder Coco Crisp, who is 2 for 33 (.061) to begin the season, is batting in an unfamiliar spot in the A’s lineup tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Bob Melvin has Crisp hitting seventh; it’s Crisp’s first start there since 2012 and just his third since 2008.
“He’ll get going, and then we’ll move him back in the leadoff spot, because that’s where we need him,” Melvin said. “On the other side of that, Billy (Burns) is doing a pretty good job getting on base right now, so we have somebody else in the interim that can handle (leading off).”
Crisp did record his first extra-base hit of the season Friday night on the play that ended the game. He doubled into the left-center-field gap, and Stephen Vogt was tagged out in a rundown between third base and home for the final out.
Earlier in the game, Crisp hit a ball to that gap that was caught, and Melvin said of Crisp, “Really, the at-bats aren’t as bad as the numbers look.
“He’s not striking out every at-bat and getting horrible swings; he’s just getting nothing to show for it. So his at-bats are getting better; he just needs a little more luck.”
We’ll see if a move to the No. 7 spot is enough to inspire it.
The A’s lineup against Chicago left-hander John Danks:
And the White So’s lineup against A’s right-hander Jesse Chavez:
▪ Injury update: Ben Zobrist will test his knee by running bases Sunday and could start a rehab assignment by Tuesday or Wednesday, Melvin said.
The length of that rehab would be tentative. Melvin said the A’s would be looking for Zobrist to get at-bats, first and foremost, but because Zobrist plays so many positions, they also would want him to get two games in the infield, likely one in the outfield and possibly one as a DH.
Barring any setbacks, Melvin said the A’s hope Zobrist can return May 25, when the A’s begin their next homestand. He could be ready before that, but Melvin said he would not want to bring Zobrist back for the A’s series at Tampa Bay, where the Rays play on artificial turf.