OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp returns to the A's outfield today, as expected, after being reinstated from the 15-day disabled list this morning. Michael Taylor was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento after last night's game to clear a spot for Crisp. Manager Bob Melvin said the A's are also hoping Chris Young (quad) will be ready to return Friday after playing a rehab game with the River Cats tomorrow.
The prognosis on left-hander Brett Anderson is not so promising. Anderson continues to feel discomfort in his right ankle and will not be ready to pitch Friday, as the A's had hoped he might. What's puzzling about the injury, Melvin said, is that it doesn't bother Anderson when he's pitching -- only when he runs, or does things like pitcher's fielding practice. The level of concern, though, is high enough that Anderson won't pitch Friday and "maybe not in the foreseeable future," Melvin said.
"It's just not at the point we're comfortable putting him on a big-league mound," Melvin said. "He wants to pitch. But he also understands that he's not ready to at this point."
Melvin said Anderson likely will scale back on the amount of running he's doing but will keep his arm in shape and the A's will continue to monitor him. Meanwhile, the rotation will stay in order, meaning Jarrod Parker will oppose James Shields on Friday when the Kansas City Royals arrive.
Here's the A's lineup for today's series finale against the Rangers, who start right-hander Alexi Ogando:
And the Rangers' lineup against A's right-hander Dan Straily:
* If you missed it this morning, Straily is the subject of this morning's print story. He wasn't happy after allowing six runs in five innings to the Mariners in his last start, but changed his view a little after pitching coach Curt Young had him review the start on film and rate himself, then compare his rating with Young's.
* Melvin said one effect of getting Crisp back is restoring the stolen base dynamic to the A's offense. Without Crisp, Young and Josh Reddick, the A's have been without a large part of their speed game. Crisp in particular, Melvin said, "really is kind of the guy that starts the engine."
* Melvin reiterated reliever Chris Resop, who allowed two home runs in the 10th inning in last night's 6-5 loss, is "just going through a rough patch." He said Resop, who has allowed 12 runs in his last 11 outings after starting the season well, has to "try to get his confidence back, find a little different mix of pitches that may work a little bit better for him. I think it just more has to do with ups and downs of the season."
* Melvin said during his pre-game meeting with reporters yesterday that he'd like to be at Oracle Arena tomorrow to support the Warriors in Game 6 of their series against the Spurs but didn't have a ticket. News travels fast on Twitter, and within the hour it was confirmed Melvin would have a pair of tickets to the game if he wanted them.
Melvin was a little sheepish when asked today if he's still planning on going. "That's the rumor," he said with a smile. "I'm the last guy in the world to ask somebody for tickets, because I understand they're tough to come by. It's like somebody asking me for tickets to the fifth game of the (ALDS last year). So I don't go there. But if someone wants to offer them ..."
Melvin, who wore a Warriors shirt underneath his jersey Monday night, said he "texts back and forth" with Golden State coach Mark Jackson sometimes and Jackson "knows I'm a big Warrior fan." But he said if he is in attendance tomorrow, it won't be to try to rally Jackson's troops.
"I'll leave that up to him," Melvin said. "I'm just lucky to get in the building."
-- Matt Kawahara