MINNEAPOLIS -- A's outfielder Coco Crisp was sidelined by left-shoulder soreness on Saturday, leading to an unusual lineup look for the second of a three-game series in Minnesota.
With Crisp out of the mix and Yoenis Cespedes still relegated to designated hitter duties because of a sprained left thumb, manager Bob Melvin plugged Brandon Moss into right field, with Josh Reddick in center and Seth Smith in left. Reddick, normally the team's right fielder, made just his fifth start of the season in center.
Crisp is likely unavailable for the remainder of the series, though Melvin deemed pinch-running "a game-time decision."
"He felt it last night the first time up swinging," Melvin said. "He played through the game, but you could tell it wasn't feeling great over the course of the game, and then he came in the training room last night and it was pretty sore, and more so today.
"It's a day-to-day thing, but if we give him tomorrow off and get him through the off-day Monday, we'll probably have a better idea of where we're at. There's a chance he could come in tomorrow and feel great, but we're probably hedging on that one."
Moss has made 122 career appearances in right field, including 104 starts. He entered Saturday batting .333 with three home runs and six RBIs over his last seven games.
Anderson and Braden progressing nicely
MINNEAPOLIS -- The rehabbing duo of Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden continues to lend the A's good news.
Anderson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, is set to throw three innings in a simulated game in Arizona on Monday, marking the heaviest workload yet in his year-long rehab process.
Braden, meanwhile, threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Friday and is expected to do so again come Tuesday. The A's southpaw, on the mend from shoulder surgery, has been stationed in Oakland, where righty Brandon McCarthy is rehabbing as well.
McCarthy is "playing catch with no problems," according to manager Bob Melvin, but there is still no timetable on when the hurler will throw off the mound.
Outfielder Collin Cowgill (ankle) played nine innings in center field with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, and will rest Saturday before jumping back into rehab action with the River Cats on Sunday and Monday. The A's will then decide whether he's ready to rejoin the big league club, though Chris Carter's continued success in Oakland could slow Cowgill's return.