OAKLAND -- Oakland A's left fielder Coco Crisp was out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game on Saturday night against Cleveland because of the flu.
Crisp said he felt better and took part in the A's pregame work and batting practice on the field. Before the game, manager Bob Melvin said Crisp might be available off the bench, but he didn't make an appearance in the 5-1 loss.
"We feel like we're getting closer," Melvin said before the game, adding that it's likely Crisp will start Sunday's game against Cleveland if he responds well to his heavier workload on Saturday.
Jonny Gomes, who's hitting .217 with three home runs, started for Crisp in left field and went 2-for-4.
Eric Sogard got his second straight start at third base in place of Josh Donaldson and will likely get a few more starts, Melvin said. Sogard entered the game hitting just .167, with one home run in 24 at-bats. But Donaldson is hitting .094 with no home runs in 32 at-bats, and is 1-for-22 with 11 strikeouts over his past six games.
"I think the fact that Donaldson has gotten the lion's share [of work], it's tough for [Sogard], so we'll probably give him a few games to try to get some rhythm," Melvin said. "It's difficult to be that guy that comes off the bench and plays once a week or so. We'll probably give him a few days in a row here."
Sogard went 0-for-3 on Saturday, and his average dropped to .148.