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
Kyle Ryan went four innings, allowed two runs, on three hits, and five walks, while striking out four in a loss to the Pirates on Thursday afternoon.
Ryan has been used as a reliever and spot starter for the Tigers so far this season, and he didn’t step up like the Tigers needed him to on Thursday afternoon, as he only lasted four innings, allowing two runs, and walking five against the Pirates. There is something to be said for him holding the opposition to only two runs despite the eight baserunners, but still the Tigers needed a more efficient outing out of Ryan, and he didn’t deliver. Don’t expect much better than this from Ryan going forward in your fantasy leagues. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Matt Harrison will start for the Rangers Tuesday or Wednesday, according to GM Jon Daniels.
This is welcoming news for the Rangers as you can never have too much starting pitching depth. With Harrison's 30-day rehab stint finally over, Texas had to make a decision, and they are choosing to insert the veteran lefty back into their rotation. Harrison struggled during his rehab starts, but that wasn't much of a surprise given his layoff. He's worth an add in AL-Only leagues, but we are going to need to see several solid starts before we give a deeper recommendation. Analysis: David Kerr