Though Coco Crisp (hamstring) did not start Wednesday, he drew a pinch-hit walk in the 11th and stole a base against the Angels. The stolen base moved him past Reggie Jackson and into fifth on the A's all-time stolen base list.
The fact that Crisp was able to pinch-hit for the second straight day indicates that it is only a matter of time before he rejoins the starting lineup. Injuries have always been an issue for Crisp throughout his career, but when healthy he is a great source of speed when on the base paths. With a day off on Thursday, the Athletics will have an extra day to reevaluate his condition and decided whether or not he is ready to return to the starting lineup. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Robert Quinn is making progress from his back issue.
After missing Sunday's game, Quinn seems to be making steps toward's returning. Quinn is one of the game's elite pass rushers but has been slowed down by injuries all season long. Quinn is two years removed from a 19 sack season and the Rams are hoping he returns to that when he gets back on the field. Analysis: James Grande
Braves signed P Jim Johnson to a one-year deal.
After saving 50-plus games two consecutive years in Baltimore, Johnson has been a shell of that the past two seasons. He only has 12 saves combined over the past two seasons. He posted a 7.09 ERA in 2014 and a 4.46 ERA in 2015. The Braves are giving him one year to figure himself out or he'll likely have a hard time finding work. He can only hope his sinker starts sinking like it did in Baltimore. Analysis: James Grande