Coco returns Wednesday; Young likely to follow Friday

Coco returns Wednesday; Young likely to follow Friday

OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp is on track to be lifted off the disabled list for Wednesday's series finale with the Rangers, but Chris Young is not.

Young will rejoin the A's, but "there's probably not a good chance we activate him tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said. That makes it more likely he returns Friday, following Thursday's off-day.

"I don't know that he feels that he's 100 percent," Melvin continued, "but until we talk to him tomorrow and see firsthand how he looks, I'm not really sure."

Young, dealing with a strained left quad, played in an extended spring training game for a second consecutive day Tuesday, picking up five at-bats while experiencing some "natural soreness," Melvin said.

Crisp, meanwhile, took part in full pregame workouts with the A's on Tuesday, and outfielder Michael Taylor was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento after the club's 6-5 loss to Texas, making roster room in advance of Crisp's likely return.

"I'm optimistic," said Melvin. "I think there's a great chance. Today he said he could have played. The plan is to play him tomorrow."

Taylor was recalled from Sacramento May 4 for his second stint with the A's this year and went 1-for-17 with two walks in six games, including five starts.

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