OAKLAND -- A's center fielder Coco Crisp was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game Friday night against Texas with a strained right calf, but it looks as if he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list. "He came out and did some running today," A's manager Bob Melvin said before the series opener. "I think we're getting closer. I don't want to predict a date, but we'll say we're closer." Asked if he expected Crisp to go on the DL, Melvin said, "As of right now, I would say no."
The A's could use Crisp in their lineup. He's hitting .364 with 15 runs scored, four doubles, a home run and 10 walks in his past 17 games. In his past seven games, he's stolen seven bases. That includes a career-high four Aug. 6 against Tampa Bay, the last time he played.