A's notes: Crisp and Rosales making progress

A's notes: Crisp and Rosales making progress
April 14, 2013, 11:45 am
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A's outfielder Coco Crisp is on a nine-game hitting streak. (AP IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp is recovering from his strained left groin. He did sprints in the outfield, both forward and backwards, and took batting practice prior to Sunday's series finale with the Detroit Tigers.

Crisp had a familiar pep in his step as he walked around on Sunday. A return to the lineup could come as soon as Monday. The veteran outfielder is on a nine-game hitting streak and is tied for the Major League lead with 14 runs scored.

Infielder Adam Rosales, who is on the DL with an intercostal strain, took batting practice for a second day in a row and did some work in the infield. He looks like he is nearing a rehabilitation assignment.

"The last hurdle for him is turning double plays and aggressive throws," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He might feel a little bit better swinging right now than turning a double play or really throwing across his body."

Rosales sustained the injury when he tried to throw home on a double steal in spring training. Since the injury occurred on a throw, they are mostly concerned with how he is responding to infield drills.

The A's skipper said Rosales is further along than shortstop Hiro Nakajima, who is recovering from a left hamstring strain.

- A's right fielder Josh Reddick is in the lineup for the third consecutive day. He will be batting sixth in the order. The A's right fielder sprained his right wrist last Sunday. Reddick is 1 for 9 since returning, but did drive in a run on Friday. Melvin doesn't think the wrist is to blame for his offensive struggles.

"I think it's more of a timing thing," Melvin said, "He's taking aggressive swings. If that was the case you wouldn't see the type of swings he's taking."

- The A's had their nine-game winning streak snapped last night by Justin Verlander. They'll have to face another tough Detroit pitcher in Anibal Sanchez on Sunday. A's outfielder Seth Smith could be the key to the team starting a new winning streak. He is 6 for 13 with two home runs in his career against Sanchez.

Smith is batting .500 this season and had his fourth multi-hit game on Saturday.

- A's starting pitcher Jarrod Parker is off to a slow start to the season. He is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA in his first two starts. Parker's last two starts of 2012 came against the Tigers in the American League Division Series. He pitched well in both games, but was opposed by Verlander. The A's skipper thinks it will be important for Parker to get off to a quick start on Sunday.

"I think he just wants to get out there and get in a good rhythm early on," Melvin said. "Typically when he does, he's awfully good. I think we're talking about this because it's more of a rarity when he's off his game."

Parker will have to try and bounce back against a tough Tigers lineup, that includes Prince Fielder, who is 6 for 8 with two home runs and four RBI in this series.

A's lineup:

John Jaso, DH
Chris Young, CF
Seth Smith, LF
Jed Lowrie, SS
Brandon Moss, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Derek Norris, C
Eric Sogard, 2B

Tigers lineup:

Austin Jackson, CF
Torii Hunter, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Andy Dirks, LF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Alex Avila, C
Omar Infante, 2B