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04/30/11 5:25 PM ET

A's pay tribute to Rickey with bobblehead

OAKLAND -- While 20,000 Rickey Henderson bobbleheads roamed around the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, the real-life version of baseball's speedy Hall of Famer sat in the A's dugout and was all smiles on his day of honor.

"It's great," Henderson said. "It goes to show you the great fans that follow you, the ones that have been around since back in my playing days, and I appreciate their support."

The game's all-time stolen base leader, who has served as a Spring Training special instructor for the A's over the last two seasons, also threw out the first pitch Saturday. A perfect toss down the middle of the plate to Coco Crisp showcased a dose of Henderson's remaining abilities.

"The years, the amount of time he did this for, it's amazing," A's manager Bob Geren said. "He still looks like he could play. It's a great day here to celebrate Rickey -- everyone can get their bobblehead of a Hall of Famer.

"I always feel like I could go out there and put a uniform on and play," Henderson said. "Sometimes when I'm sitting around and looking at the game and things aren't going right, I say, 'Let me just put on a uniform and go out there and take a chance at it.' I think it's just because I love the game so much.

Feeling ill, Ellis scratched from A's lineup

OAKLAND -- Feeling under the weather, A's second baseman Mark Ellis was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Rangers.

Ellis was replaced by Andy LaRoche, who has started 11 games this season at four different positions, including three at second. It marked LaRoche's first start since April 17 and his first appearance since April 21.

The utility infielder carried a .267 batting average into Saturday's contest against Texas right-hander Colby Lewis. LaRoche was 5-for-13 (.385) when facing southpaws this season, compared to just a .176 average (3-for-17) against righties entering Saturday.

Ellis is 1-for-21 over his past five games, a rough period during which he's watched his batting average drop to a season-low .191.

Crisp out for third straight game with tight quad

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Coco Crisp, nursing a tight left quadriceps, was held out of his third straight game on Saturday, but he continues to make progress, manager Bob Geren said.

Crisp, who hasn't played since Tuesday, participated in a series of running drills on Saturday morning and was expected to test his quad near 100 percent after going at 75 percent on Friday.

The 32-year-old outfielder, whose 2010 campaign was interrupted by injury three times, was pulled from Tuesday's game in the third inning after sustaining the quad soreness while sprinting to first base on a ground ball.

Crisp had three consecutive three-hit games leading up to Tuesday and was 1-for-1 with a first-inning single when he exited the contest. He leads the A's with 26 hits and a .286 batting average and is second in the Majors in triples (3) and fourth in steals (8).

In Crisp's stead, David DeJesus received another start in center field. Josh Willingham played left and Conor Jackson started in right field.

Worth noting

• Manager Bob Geren said lefty Dallas Braden (shoulder) is undergoing range-of-motion exercises and reported "some improvement" on Friday. There is still no timetable for when the southpaw will begin throwing again.

• A's closer Andrew Bailey, who threw a successful bullpen on Friday, could face live hitters as early as next week, Geren said.

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