Kouzmanoff returns to A’s lineup

There was so much injury news last night, what with Coco Crisp being declared out for the season (most likely) and the revelation of Andrew Bailey’s elbow problem. Today, the A’s actually welcome somebody back to the fold. Kevin Kouzmanoff returns to third base and is batting fifth after missing the past 13 games with lower back spasms. The A’s will welcome all the right-handed bats they can find against White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle, who starts tonight.

Here’s the lineups, with a little shakeup in Chicago’s batting order:

A’s — Davis CF, Barton 1B, Ellis 2B, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust DH, Carson RF, Carter LF, Pennington SS; Cahill RHP.

White Sox — Pierre LF, Vizquel 2B, Manny Ramirez DH, Pierzynski C, Kotsay 1B, Alexei Ramirez SS, Teahen RF, Morel 3B, De Aza CF; Buehrle LHP.

–Bailey will have his elbow examined Thursday at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. Last night, he said he wasn’t willing to rule himself out for the season. But the A’s surely will be cautious with their second-year closer. As for who handles the ninth inning, A’s manager Bob Geren said he’ll handle each game individually and match up relievers when it gets to the late innings. Craig Breslow picked up last night’s save, and Boof Bonser — typically a long man — made a rare appearance in the seventh to help protect a lead.

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Joe Stiglich