Melvin optimistic Crisp will be back soon

Melvin optimistic Crisp will be back soon

OAKLAND -- More than a week has passed since outfielder Coco Crisp has appeared in a game, but there are signs he may finally be close to a return.

Oakland's center fielder hit in the cage Sunday morning and had "a good day," according to manager Bob Melvin.

"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.