Possible rainout in the cards today; Crisp remains out with hamstring strain

We’ve turned back the clock to mid-February here in the desert. The chilly weather and gray skies are back, and the forecast calls for rain to hit the Phoenix area right around 1 p.m., which happens to be the start time for the A’s-Dodgers game in Glendale. There’s a feeling that we may be in for a rainout, but the A’s are taking batting practice as I write this.

–If the A’s do play, Coco Crisp is not in the lineup because of his left hamstring strain. His schedule was pushed back a day, according to manager Bob Geren, who added that Crisp could be ready “hopefully for tomorrow.” Geren does not sound worried. Should you be, A’s fans? I wouldn’t sound alarms yet, but hamstring injuries tend to linger. You’ll remember Crisp missed time last spring with a similar injury to his right one. He felt good enough to be included in Sunday’s lineup but then was a late scratch. Crisp was getting dental work done this morning, so he wasn’t available. There’s 11 days (and 10 exhibitions including today’s) remaining, so if he were to miss a couple more days, no biggie. Stay tuned …

–The A’s have 35 players left in camp, and Geren said the entire group is likely to travel north for the Bay Bridge Series before final cuts. Geren said he could announce his Opening Day starter by Thursday or Friday. I still consider Gio Gonzalez the front runner to get the call, although Brett Anderson could slot in there if the A’s pushed his schedule back a day. Geren said he might also have a decision on his fifth starter by the weekend. Brandon McCarthy looks like a solid bet for that, but Tyson Ross gets a start Wednesday against the Cubs to continue making his case.

The lineup vs. Dodgers:

Pennington SS; Suzuki DH; DeJesus RF; Jackson 1B; Kouzmanoff 3B; Carter LF; Carson CF; Powell C; Sogard 2B; Anderson LHP.

Joe Stiglich