OAKLAND -- After a doctor found no structural damage in Coco Crisp's left shoulder on Monday, the outfielder is now nearing a return to Oakland's lineup. A's manager Bob Melvin said on Tuesday that Crisp would hit and participate in game activities before the team's game against the Rangers. He'll be reevaluated on Wednesday and could potentially return then. Even if he doesn't, Melvin said it doesn't look like Crisp will have to go to the disabled list. "We're a lot closer than we were the last couple days," Melvin said. "He went and saw the doctor, there's nothing structurally wrong, so it's just a matter of when he feels comfortable swinging the bat from both sides, and that'll be the determining factor."
Crisp, who's had multiple hits in four of his last six games, first felt soreness in his shoulder in his first at-bat on Friday against Minnesota. He played through it, but then missed the next two games against the Twins. Josh Reddick has filled in for Crisp in center field in the three games since Crisp's injury, with Seth Smith and Brandon Moss splitting time in Reddick's natural domain of right field.