07/17/12 9:30 PM ET
Anderson ready to start rehab assignment
By Jane Lee and Ben Estes / MLB.com
Crisp could return Wednesday
OAKLAND -- After a doctor found no structural damage in Coco Crisp's left shoulder on Monday, the outfielder is now nearing a return to Oakland's lineup.A's manager Bob Melvin said on Tuesday that Crisp would hit and participate in game activities before the team's game against the Rangers. He'll be reevaluated on Wednesday and could potentially return then. Even if he doesn't, Melvin said it doesn't look like Crisp will have to go to the disabled list. "We're a lot closer than we were the last couple days," Melvin said. "He went and saw the doctor, there's nothing structurally wrong, so it's just a matter of when he feels comfortable swinging the bat from both sides, and that'll be the determining factor." Crisp, who's had multiple hits in four of his last six games, first felt soreness in his shoulder in his first at-bat on Friday against Minnesota. He played through it, but then missed the next two games against the Twins. Josh Reddick has filled in for Crisp in center field in the three games since Crisp's injury, with Seth Smith and Brandon Moss splitting time in Reddick's natural domain of right field.
Cowgill comes off DL, heads to Sacramento
OAKLAND -- The A's announced before Tuesday's game against the Rangers that they reinstated outfielder Collin Cowgill from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento. Cowgill had been on the DL since June 23 with a sprained left ankle.Cowgill spent six games on a rehab assignment split between Class A Stockton and Sacramento, collecting four hits in 26 at-bats. He began the season with the River Cats before he was called up on May 11. Cowgill appeared in 32 games with the A's before he was injured. Given the offense's recent production, the spark that recent callup Chris Carter has given the team and that outfielder Coco Crisp appears like he's close to returning from his left shoulder soreness, there wasn't a natural candidate on Oakland's roster to be sent out to make room for Cowgill. "Chris [Carter] is probably the one guy that wasn't here when [Cowgill] was, and the impact he's having, it's important to have Chris here right now," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "There's just not a spot for Collin. "Again, our 25-man team here is, for me, 32-strong, and we'll get more contributions from guys that aren't here right now before this thing's all said and done, and he's one of those guys." The 26-year-old hit .271 for the A's and was hitting .260 for Sacramento at the time of his callup. Melvin said he expects Cowgill to play all three outfield positions for the River Cats.
Injured right-hander Brandon McCarthy played catch again on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. It marks the first time the pitcher will throw from a mound since going on the 15-day DL on June 20 with his reoccurring right shoulder soreness. McCarthy hasn't started a game since June 19 against the Dodgers. Left-hander Dallas Braden, on the mend from a strain in his surgically repaired left shoulder, threw another bullpen session on Tuesday. It consisted of 40 pitches, and Braden used all of his offerings, including breaking balls, for the first time in his rehab. He'll throw another bullpen session after a few days of rest. Melvin said that Yoenis Cespedes could return to the outfield as soon as Wednesday. The rookie has been in the lineup as the designated hitter in all four games since he sprained his left thumb in Oakland's final tilt before the All-Star break against the Mariners.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. Ben Estes is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.