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The recap of a busy news morning for the A’s

There’s been considerable A’s news before Sunday’s game even gets started. Brandon McCarthy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, and Manny Ramirez was held out of his minor league game because of a wrist injury. Click on the above links for those stories.

Here’s the lineups:

A’s — Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Reddick RF, Smith LF, Donaldson 3B, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Cowgill CF, Colon RHP.

Giants — Blanco RF, Crawford SS, Cabrera LF, Posey C, Pagan CF, Belt 1B, Arias 3B, Burriss 2B, Lincecum RHP.

–I chatted with Coco Crisp really briefly before he hit the field this morning. He says he probably could have been activated from the DL a couple days ago. “We’re just trying to make sure I get some reps and get out on the field.” Is he over his inner ear infection? “I think so, I hope so. But I do feel fine.” Could he benefit from a brief minor league rehab assignment? “I don’t want to mess with my minor league career statistics,” he said with a smile.

It’s looking very likely that Crisp will be activated for Monday’s series opener against the Angels. A’s manager Bob Melvin labeled it a “decent” chance.

Enjoy the game, as the A’s try to keep Tim Lincecum winless in May …

Joe Stiglich