06/21/12 3:45 PM ET
Crisp's club-record steals streak ends at 36
By Ben Estes / MLB.com
Crisp set the record on May 27 against the Yankees, swiping two bags to extend his streak to 29 straight. That bested the old standard set by Stan Javier, who had 28 straight steals from May 31-Oct. 1 in 1995. Crisp began his run on July 16 of last season.
For the season, Crisp is now 13-for-14 in steal attempts. He had three steals in Tuesday night's game against Los Angeles, the fifth time he's done that in his career.
A's lefty Norberto returns from disabled list
OAKLAND -- After throwing a scoreless inning on Tuesday on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Sacramento, reliever Jordan Norberto was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the A's on Thursday.
The left-hander has been out since May 31 with a strained left shoulder. He had a 3.91 ERA in 21 games before being placed on the DL.
To make room for Norberto, Oakland optioned fellow left-handed reliever Pedro Figueroa back to Sacramento. Figueroa has only been with the team for four days and appeared in one game, throwing three scoreless innings of relief on Sunday when starter Bartolo Colon was forced to leave after straining his right oblique.
"Certainly not anything Figueroa did, this is just a numbers game," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "He really saved us the other day, giving us three innings. He is a big part of our future as well. It was strictly a numbers game with Norberto coming back."
Figueroa also had a stint with the A's earlier this season. He has a 1.50 ERA in nine games this season for Oakland.
Right fielder Josh Reddick was out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers. After going 0-for-4 on Wednesday night, Reddick is now hitless in his last 19 at-bats, one short of his career-worst streak. Melvin said the day off was partly due to his struggles, and was also given because the outfielder needs some rest.
In his return to the lineup after aggravating his left hamstring injury, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Wednesday. It was his first career start as a designated hitter, and it appears he will continue to be the DH for the foreseeable future.
"I think that this is a nice option right now," Melvin said. "To an extent, the uncertainty of DH'ing him before the game, he's never done that before, and having some good at-bats probably plays into it. So we can take our time and make sure, before we put him in the field, that he's 100-percent healthy."
Ben Estes is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.