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
Rams re-signed restricted free-agent Rodney McLeod.
McLeod received the Rams' highest qualifying offer, a second-round tender worth around $2.3 million. McLeod has played in every game the past three seasons for the Rams and he will likely have a similar role this season for the team. He did a little bit of everything last year, registering 72 tackles while forcing two fumbles, recovering two and notching two interceptions. Analysis: Colby Conway
Addison Russell as began playing second base in the minors which could speed up his major league debut.
The Cubs have light hitting Jonathan Herrera currently starting at second base after Tommy La Stella landed on the DL with an oblique strain. Russell was acquired in the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics last season and with Javier Baez away from the team to deal with the untimely passing of his sister it looks as if Russell is the next elite prospect to be called up from the Cubs system. Russell hit .350 with 39 runs, 13 home runs, 45 RBI and six stolen bases over 68 at Double-A last season and started 2015 playing for Triple-A Iowa where he's hit .297 with a home run and seven RBI over the first nine games of the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba