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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
Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 on Saturday ending his seventeen game hitting streak.
During his seventeen hitting streak, Jose Abreu hit .318 and was only four short of his career high set last year in his rookie campaign. But he is now hitting .283 on the season and has fallen short on the power numbers so far this year. Abreu is hitting more ground balls (49.1%) this year yet his home run to fly ball ratio has fallen nine percentage points from 26.9 in 2014 to 17.1 this season. Since the whole offense has struggled, it is exacerbated when their best hitter is not hitting on all cylinders either. Abreu is solid, but maybe not worthy of the first round status he achieved after one season in the majors. Analysis: Greg Jewett