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A's sport two-man bench due to Crisp, Norris ailments

A's sport two-man bench due to Crisp, Norris ailments

A's sport two-man bench due to Crisp, Norris ailments

TORONTO -- The A's sported a two-man bench for Monday's series finale at Rogers Centre, with catcher Derek Norris and outfielder Coco Crisp unavailable due to injuries.

Norris is still dealing with back spasms, while Crisp is nursing a sore left wrist he aggravated during Saturday's victory, so Stephen Vogt again drew a start behind the plate, while Chris Young manned center field.

That left Seth Smith and Brandon Moss on the bench, with designated hitter Josh Donaldson acting as the backup catcher.

"We're probably a little bit limited today, which sometimes you are over the course of the season," manager Bob Melvin said. "This isn't the only time you deal with this. That's why you have other guys, and we expect them to perform."

Melvin said Norris "seems to be walking around a little better," leaving open the possibility of him being available as soon as Tuesday. First, he must get through a five-hour plane ride back to Oakland.

"I think that's a concern any time, but we do travel pretty well," Melvin said. "Sitting around like that for a long period of time isn't exactly what he needs right now, but there's not much we can do about that."

Neither injury is considered serious enough for a disabled-list stint, at least not yet.

"We'll have to see how they are tomorrow," Melvin said. "I don't think we're there."

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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