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Coco Crisp returns to the A’s lineup

Coco Crisp is back in center field and hitting leadoff for the A’s tonight, so his right foot is obviously feeling better. We’ll hit you with the lineups right away …

A’s — Crisp CF, Drew SS, Cespedes LF, Smith DH, Carter 1B, Reddick RF, Donaldson 3B, Norris C, Pennington 2B; Blackley LHP.

Clev — Kipnis DH, Cabrera SS, Choo RF, Santana C, Brantley CF, Lillibridge 3B, LaPorta 1B, Donald 2B, Carrera LF; Kluber RHP.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said third baseman Brandon Inge likely wouldn’t be activated from the disabled list before the team returns home Friday. And that means that Inge isn’t likely to return until Saturday, since rosters expand to 40 that day and it would keep the A’s from having to option someone to clear a roster space.

–The A’s announced their prospects who will play in the Arizona Fall League — infielders Grant Green and Miles Head, catcher Max Stassi and pitchers Gary Daley, Shawn Haviland, Brett Hunter and James Simmons. This will mark the third straight year that Green — the A’s 2009 first-round pick — will play in the AFL. It’s no wonder with all the position switches the guy has made. From what I’m told, Green will concentrate on second base in the AFL. The more immediate question is whether he gets a September call-up to Oakland. He’s had a nice offensive season for Triple-A Sacramento and his bat could come in handy for the A’s. Is he ready to play second base in the majors right now? That’s the big question considering he took up the position fairly recently. He’s also played shortstop, third base and left field recently.

Stassi, another high-profile pick in the 2009 draft, is a name you probably recognize. He’s spent this season at Single-A Stockton. Simmons, the team’s top pick in 2007, had his career sidetracked in a big way by shoulder problems. But he’s healthy again and is pitching out of the bullpen. He began this season with Double-A Midland and is now with Sacramento …

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich