"If everything goes well," Melvin said, "maybe we're real close to having him in a game."
Because of this, the A's have refrained from putting Crisp on the disabled list. But Crisp has missed seven consecutive games because of ongoing neck issues, a detriment to the bench just as much to the lineup.
The A's are 3-4 in their last seven games without him.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.