UPDATES & NEWS
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
Yunel Escobar said his groin is improving and will work out prior to Sunday's game.
The MRI on Escobar came back clean, so that's great news. He's still not 100-percent though and will continue to be held out. Escobar believes that he can avoid the DL and will work out prior to the game to prove it. Obviously though, if he doesn't show the improvement in the workout, the team could hold him out a little while longer. The club can go with Danny Espinosa at third and Dan Uggla at second. They also called up Emanuel Burris who can play all over the infield. Analysis: Howard Bender