Crisp good to go, but gets day off anyway; Peterson here, but he’ll be gone tomorrow

Coco Crisp isn’t hurting, at least not badly. You could tell that by watching him run out his fifth inning triple Tuesday.

But he’s not in the lineup Wednesday.

It’s the kind of move you tend to see early in the season. Manager Bob Melvin is holding Crisp out in order that he gets two days off in succession, today coupled with the A’s travel day Thursday to Tampa Bay.

    The day off comes after just two days back in the lineup for Crisp, who missed games Saturday and Sunday against the Angels because of a groin injury.

This was Melvin’s plan as he brought Crisp back. The groin injury is mostly better, but the more rest the better.

“Coco knows his body,’’ Melvin said. “He’s been able to play through nagging injuries. If we can get him today off and the travel day, he should be good to go (against the Rays Friday).’’

If so, Crisp could then be ready to move back into every day status.


–For the second day running, the A’s are going with Shane Peterson at first base today with Brandon Moss away on paternity leave.

Don’t expect to see a repeat when the A’s take on the Rays in Florida Friday.

Moss is expected to be on the A’s late-morning charter flight from Oakland to St. Petersburg. And that means Peterson will be heading back to Triple-A Sacramento.

At least this time, Peterson started two games. When he got his first plane ticket to join the club in Houston, he was never activated because Moss left the team for just one game when it turned out his second child wasn’t quite ready to emerge.

And Peterson’s parents, who had futility flown to Houston, were able to make the drive from Southern California to see their son’s big league debut, including his diving catch of a line drive in the third inning Tuesday that saved at least two runs and, perhaps, the game. Oakland went on to rebound from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-3.

And they saw his first big league RBI, a bases-loaded walk in the first inning Wednesday.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.