5/1/2013 3:41 P.M. ET
Melvin reflects on Henderson's impact
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Rickey Henderson passed Lou Brock as the all-time stolen-base leader on this date 22 years ago in Oakland.
As a catcher in the American League, A's manager Bob Melvin had his problems with Henderson.
"I actually threw him out in Detroit because he slid past the base," Melvin said. "But it's a guy that when you're a catcher, if ever there's a guy that gets your attention and you want to put down -- fastball, fastball, fastball and away, and hopefully high, and it's the only chance you have to get him."
Henderson stole third base for the record. He ended up with 1,406 stolen bases. He was been thrown out a record 335 times. Henderson is also the all-time runs leader with 2,295, and he accumulated 3,055 hits.
"He didn't care if you were quick to the plate. He had that kind of speed where he felt like if he got his jump, it didn't matter," Melvin said. "So as a catcher, you were very aware that he was over there and it affected the game in so many ways."
Henderson, a Spring Training instructor for the A's, recorded three seasons of at least 100 stolen bases and drew over 100 walks seven times.
"It wasn't just his baserunning. A lot of times it was the fact you knew you couldn't walk him. He walked a lot," Melvin said. "You had to throw the ball over the plate, and a lot of times it ended up in the left-field seats. [He was] one of the more impactful players in the history of the game."
A's place Crisp and Anderson on 15-day DL
OAKLAND -- Outfielder Coco Crisp and left-hander Brett Anderson were both placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday's series finale with the Los Angeles Angels.
Crisp sustained a strained left hamstring while Anderson has a sprained right ankle. Both injuries occurred in the A's 10-8 victory over the Angels in 19 innings on Monday night.
Crisp was injured trying to beat out an infield grounder in the 13th inning. Anderson aggravated his ankle in the 18th inning trying to field a ball.
Anderson was scratched from Monday's start but wound up pitching 5 1/3 innings in his first career relief appearance. He's 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA in six games.
"I kind of needed to step up for the bullpen's sake the other day, do a job there," Anderson said. "But now it's time to let this thing heal up once and for all and get ready to make a run where hopefully I can stay healthy and pitch good."
Crisp was hitting .283 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 24 games.
"In Coco's case, he came in yesterday, there was some discoloration," manager Bob Melvin said. "Certainly wasn't in a mode where he could run. He was having a little trouble walking, and [he is] a guy that uses his legs so much, and hamstrings can be tricky deals."
Catcher Luke Montz and right-hander Dan Straily were called up from Triple-A Sacramento to take their places.
"Our front office felt like this was the guy, and talking to [Sacramento manager] Steve Scarsone and the development staff, a guy that was swinging the bat well against left-handed pitching," Melvin said of Montz. "We do have, I think, five lefties coming up in the next 12 days or something like that. The feeling was to get him here and get him some at-bats against left-handed pitching."
Montz, penciled in as the designated hitter and batting eighth, will make his first Major League appearance since 2008, when he was with the Washington Nationals.
Straily was recalled Monday to make the start in Anderson's place. He was on the A's Opening Day roster and has made two starts for Oakland.
Young in uniform but out of starting lineup
OAKLAND -- Chris Young, who came out of Monday night's game with a strained left quad, was in uniform and participating in baseball-related activities on Wednesday, but he was still not in the A's starting lineup.
"He was running today and we'll know more about him after that," Melvin said.
Shortstop Hiro Nakajima will play six innings in an extended spring game.
"If everything goes well, we may look to get him to Sacramento very soon after," Melvin said. "Today's kind of a day where we're going to extend him a little bit. He's been running well. Last game he had to run 100 percent, and no problems there. So there's a good chance if everything goes well today that he's in Sacramento, whether it's in a day or two."
• Jed Lowrie led off for the first time this season. It was his fifth appearance as a leadoff hitter. He's a .357 hitter (5-for-14) from the No. 1 spot.
• Through the first six games of the homestand, the A's have been on the field a combined 22 hours and five minutes.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.