9/4/2013 3:47 A.M. ET
Norris set to return to A's on Thursday
By Jeff Kirshman / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- A's catcher Derek Norris capped his three-game rehab stint in Triple-A Sacramento by catching nine innings and batting 2-for-5 with a home run on Monday in the River Cats' final game of the season.
He hit .429 in 14 at-bats over the three games, totaling six hits, two home runs and four RBIs. Now, the A's right-handed-hitting backstop, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list two weeks ago after fracturing his left big toe, is ready to return that production to the big league club when he's eligible to return on Thursday.
"No complications with anything. Come Thursday we'll see what happens," Norris said. "I'm going to feel it, it's a broken bone. But it's not hurting me from doing anything that I would do with a healthy toe. I'm not limping. I'm not favoring it any. It's just going to be a tolerable annoyance for a little while."
Norris said there are no plans to wear any protective equipment to help alleviate any pain or serve as a precautionary measure. No padding, no new shoe, no nothing.
"Just the good-old feet God gave me," he said.
Prior to joining the River Cats, Norris said the activity that caused him the most pain was running at full speed. He was tested on Monday after hitting a ground ball down the third-base line that required the third baseman to dive and field the ball before throwing to first. Norris beat the throw and said everything felt fine.
And if Norris, who is batting .345 with nine walks since July 1, takes a foul ball off his left toe while calling signs?
"Say ow and throw the ball back," he said.
Coco slides in at DH as Choice takes outfield
OAKLAND -- Outfielder Coco Crisp served as the A's designated hitter in Tuesday night's contest against the Rangers after taking a foul ball off his right leg in the sixth inning of Monday's 4-2 win at O.co Coliseum.
Crisp left the game with a right shin contusion after finishing the at-bat with a strikeout and said he was "fine" in the clubhouse.
"It's a little bit sore today, which is to be expected, but he's good to go in the DH role," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Crisp hit his career-high 17th home run in the fifth inning, marking the third straight day he'd hit one out. He has seven home runs in his last 12 games.
Chris Young filled in for Crisp in center field, and Michael Choice, who made his Major League debut Monday as the team's DH, received his first big league start in right field.
"Again, he's up here for a reason," Melvin said. "He gets some chances against some left-handed pitching. He had a good year, he had some good at-bats yesterday, so it makes sense with Coco DHing to flip him into the outfield."
Choice responded with a pair of highlight-worthy catches and his first big league hit, an infield single in the fifth inning.
Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.