DETROIT -- Coco Crisp was deemed by A's manager Bob Melvin as only "maybe slightly better" on Wednesday, so the outfielder was held out of the lineup for the second time in the past three games for Thursday's middle game in Detroit, as he continues to heal from pink eye.
"It's difficult to play this game without your eyes 100 percent," Melvin said. "On top of that, you never want to put anyone in a position where you could get someone injured. It literally is day to day, it just depends on how he responds."
Crisp attempted to play Tuesday, but he only lasted three innings before being replaced in the lineup. Melvin said the veteran's infection, affecting both eyes, is considered "severe." However, he's assumed to not be as contagious as before, though the A's continue to make necessary precautions.
"He has his own towels out here," Melvin said. "We try to semi-quarantine him in the dugout as much as we can."
Because of Crisp's unavailability, Stephen Drew was placed in the leadoff spot, where he's garnered more starts in his career than anywhere else.