05/15/2013 4:30 PM ET
Melvin praises Donaldson's consistency after slow start
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Josh Donaldson had just three hits in his first 25 at-bats this season, a slow start that has quickly been trumped by a consistent offensive effort.
Oakland's third baseman notched his second four-hit game of the season on Tuesday night, and he entered Wednesday's matinee with the Rangers batting .315, thanks to a 30-for-80 (.375) showing over his last 22 games.
In that time, Donaldson posted 10 doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs, along with 13 walks to up his on-base percentage to .387. Last year, through 75 games with the A's, it was .289.
"He's been nothing short of terrific," said manager Bob Melvin. "Really, other than maybe the first week of the season when he started out a bit slow, he's been as consistent of a guy as we've had.
"He's also playing great defense. He's having a heck of a year and really making a name for himself as a big-time everyday third baseman. Granted, you have to continue that through the course of the season, but he's been as consistent as anyone has we had."
Donaldson's 14 doubles -- he had 16 all of last season -- are tied for third in the American League, and he also ranks fifth in extra-base hits with 20. He tallied two doubles Tuesday, his first a routine hit to center field that he aggressively stretched into a two-bagger.
"You know he's always going to err on the side of aggression," Melvin said. "He's a competitor, and it shows up on plays like that. He really wants to take the extra base and get into scoring position."
Anderson not ready to leave DL, rejoin rotation
OAKLAND -- The A's hoped their ace would be back from the disabled list as soon as Friday, but Brett Anderson won't pitch then, "and maybe not in the foreseeable future here," manager Bob Melvin said.
"We're just not past the soreness that he's getting in the ankle," Melvin said on Wednesday morning.
The left-handed Anderson was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list May 1 with a sprained right ankle, two days after he aggravated it by pitching 5 1/3 relief innings in Oakland's 19-inning win over the Angels. He made a rehab start with Double-A Midland on Sunday and came out of the outing rather encouraged, only to experience some pain when doing fielding drills Tuesday.
"When he did those yesterday and ran around a little bit, he felt it some," Melvin said. "The strange part of it is that he's not feeling it when he pitches. He threw his bullpen, didn't feel it at all. Felt it more so when we were doing drills. It's just not at the point where we're comfortable putting him out on a big league mound again and going through what we have been the last couple of times."
Anderson is now likely to rest the ankle until the discomfort subsides. He'll continue to keep his arm in shape, but he will be limited in other activities, making it unclear when the A's will consider slotting him back into the rotation.
In the meantime, Wednesday starter Dan Straily is likely to remain in Anderson's spot.
"I know it's frustrating for him, but it's the right thing to do," Melvin said. "He wants to pitch, but he also understands that he's not ready to at this point."
Crisp back in lineup to be A's 'impact guy'
OAKLAND -- The A's got their leadoff man back for Wednesday's series finale with the Rangers, activating speedster Coco Crisp from the disabled list.
Crisp, who was sidelined by a left hamstring strain, was immediately inserted into the lineup, giving the A's the sparkplug they've been missing over a grueling couple of weeks.
"We always feel good when Coco's in the lineup," manager Bob Melvin said. "We play a little differently when he's not in there. Not only is he an impact guy for us, he gets clutch hits for us. He really is kind of that guy that starts the engine."
Crisp is responsible for eight of the club's 26 stolen bases on the season, and the A's are 15-11 when he is in the lineup, compared to 5-10 in games he doesn't start.
Come Friday, the A's could potentially also regain Chris Young, who is on the mend from a left quad strain. Young rejoined the club on Wednesday after playing in rehab games in Arizona on Monday and Tuesday, and he was scheduled to play for Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.
"He feels better today," Melvin said. "Hopefully we're looking at Friday, but it's literally a day-to-day situation right now."
• Upon getting word on Tuesday that Melvin was without tickets to Thursday's Game 6 of the NBA's Western Conference Semifinals between Golden State and San Antonio, the neighboring Warriors made sure Oakland's manager had some.
"It wasn't by design," Melvin said. "I am the last guy to ask for tickets, because I do know they're tough to come by. I don't go there, but if someone wants to offer them … ."
Melvin often texts back and forth with Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, saying, "He knows I'm a big Warriors fan."