Crisp edging toward returning to A's lineup

Crisp edging toward returning to A's lineup

ANAHEIM -- An ailing Coco Crisp appears to be taking the first steps toward a return, as the A's outfielder began taking an extended round of swings in the inside cages Monday.

Crisp, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inner ear infection on May 4, retroactive to the day prior, is scheduled to start running again on Tuesday. However, it's still unclear whether the veteran will be reinstated when he's eligible on Friday.

"You can take all the swings you want," manager Bob Melvin said, "but part of his game is running, obviously, so we want to get him back on the field, and I think the big test will be once he starts running and exerting himself in the fashion he would regularly, and then seeing how he feels. That's what kept bringing him down. Endurance is going to be important."

Melvin is not ready to say whether Crisp will need a rehab stint in the Minors, noting that the outfielder has a say in that decision, too. Crisp has played in just half of the club's games this season -- 18 of 36 -- and was batting .194 at the time he went on the DL.