07/17/12 9:30 PM ET
Cowgill comes off DL, heads to Sacramento
By Jane Lee and Ben Estes / MLB.com
Anderson ready to start rehab assignment
OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson says he's starting to feel "more like a real baseball player" again.Just wait until the A's lefty experiences game action for the first time in more than a year, as he's slated to do Saturday. He'll throw three innings -- or 45 pitches, whichever comes first -- as he begins a rehab stint with Class A Stockton. Anderson, who underwent Tommy John surgery just over a year ago, appeared in the A's clubhouse on Tuesday, two days removed from an encouraging simulated game in Arizona, where he utilized his entire repertoire in a 45-pitch session. He'll throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and, barring any setbacks, will take to the mound for the Ports three days later and continue on a normal five-day rotation, all the while building up innings as he works toward rejoining the A's. "Hopefully they can eventually find a spot for me," he said, laughing. "I don't know if they need me right now, the way we've been going. Me, Dallas [Braden] and [Brandon] McCarthy are going to have to fight for a spot."
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.
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.