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Crisp close to returning from ear infection

Crisp close to returning from ear infection

Crisp close to returning from ear infection
OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp was held out of the A's lineup for a fifth consecutive day Sunday, as he continues to recover from a head cold that resulted in an inner-ear infection.

Crisp hit in the indoor cage in the morning and was a possibility to be lifted off the bench in the later innings. Either way, there's a good chance he'll be back in action come Monday.

"He's better today," Melvin said. "For all the guys who had the flu, he's had it a little more than that. If it was just the flu, I know Coco would have been out on the field. He's a tough guy. We were dealing with a little bit more. I think we're getting past that."

With Crisp still sidelined, Melvin started Seth Smith in left field for Sunday's series finale with the Indians and inserted fellow left-hander Kila Ka'aihue into the designated hitter slot against Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson.

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