Crisp back in action after lingering illness

Crisp back in action after lingering illness

Crisp back in action after lingering illness
OAKLAND -- Having missed five consecutive games because of a head cold that led to an inner-ear problem, Coco Crisp's return to the lineup Monday was a welcome sight for an A's team struggling to score runs.

"It's always nice to have Coco back in the lineup," manager Bob Melvin said. "Even when he's struggling, you feel like he's always going to get a hit. You know he's always prepared. Whenever he's out, you can feel it. It's good to have him back."

The A's entered the day with just 52 runs scored, fewest in Oakland history over the first 17 games of the season and fewest in the American League. And while Crisp didn't get off to a great start, at one point enduring an 0-for-16 stretch, he hit the game-tying RBI single in Tuesday's game against the Angels, signaling a possible turnaround.

With Crisp back in left field, Jonny Gomes and Seth Smith are to resume designated-hitter duties. Smith got the start Monday against White Sox righty Jake Peavy.