03/17/10 8:33 PM ET
Crisp close to return to action
A's outfielder says strained hamstring is 'good to go'
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Oakland Athletics
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"Every time I go to throw, it's like, 'Wow, OK, here we go,'" he said while glancing at his shoulder. "And then it's fine, so it's all about getting past that mental barrier."If Crisp doesn't make it into Thursday's lineup against the visiting D-backs, he hopes to at least see playing time Friday. However, the A's are slated to play Colorado in Tucson, Ariz., that day, so it's possible his return could be delayed yet another day to spare him the two-hour road trip. "I'm trying to approach everything so it all comes together around the same time," he said. "I'd like to DH one game and then the next game play defense." Both Crisp and manager Bob Geren have noted that the A's new addition should be up to full speed come Opening Day, when Crisp is expected to join predicted starters Rajai Davis and Ryan Sweeney in what the Oakland skipper has deemed "one of the best defensive outfields in the league."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.