OAKLAND -- With an entire outfield worth of A's on the disabled list -- plus their opening day starter -- manager Bob Melvin's first pre-game session in the home dugout at the Coliseum since the team's 3-7 road trip was a laundry list of injury updates. To break it down, Melvin said:
Center fielder Coco Crisp ran "full-out" before today's game against the Texas Rangers and "didn't look like there was any hesitation." Crisp was going to take batting practice and fly balls in the outfield and appears on track to rejoin the team Wednesday, assuming he doesn't have any setbacks with his hamstring.
Chris Young went 1-for-5 and played seven innings in center field today in an extended spring training game, but "did feel (his quad) a little bit" and was not 100 percent. Young will play again tomorrow and the A's will decide afterward whether Young will be ready to rejoin them Wednesday. If not, the off-day Thursday could give Young another day of recovery before a potential return Friday against the Royals.
Brett Anderson made a rehab start at Double-A Midland on Sunday and allowed six runs on six hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings. Melvin said the A's didn't pay much attention to Anderson's line, rather "the fact that he felt good and didn't feel anything with his ankle. That's pretty much what we were looking for." If Anderson responds well, Melvin said he could have a decision by tomorrow on when the lefty will return to the rotation.
Right fielder Josh Reddick hasn't started swinging a bat and said there's no set timetable for when he will. Reddick is doing strength work on his sprained right wrist and said he hasn't felt pain in the wrist since having a cortisone shot in Cleveland. He said he won't pick up a bat before "the strength is back to where it was."
While things are in a holding pattern with Reddick, the right fielder said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of surgery on the wrist if it bothers him when he does start swinging again. Reddick had surgery on his left wrist in a similar spot following the 2011 season. That injury involved a tear, though, whereas this one does not, he said.
"Hopefully it will be something that I can manage and strengthen back up," Reddick said.
Melvin said surgery for Reddick is not "out of the realm, but that's a last resort at this point.
"We like to think the strengthening he's doing right now ... gets better and better to where he can swing the bat and we hope that once he does that he's fine."
Whew. All that said, here's the A's lineup tonight against the Rangers, who come in 11 games over .500 and in first place in the West:
And the Rangers lineup against Griffin:
Last time Griffin started in this park against the Rangers, it was Game 162 of last season. Josh Hamilton memorably dropped a fly ball, and the A's completed their stunning run to the A.L. West title by capping a three-game sweep of the Rangers. Right now, though, the A's are reeling, having lost 7 of 10 on their recent road trip and six of their last seven.
"We know these guys, they know us. They're probably playing better than we are right now, but it's time for us to start playing better and turn the tables," Melvin said. "And there's probably no better team to play at this point for us to try to get things right than these guys."
-- Matt Kawahara