Davis, Crisp may return Tuesday

Davis, Crisp may return Tuesday

PHOENIX -- The A's appear close to welcoming back Ike Davis and Coco Crisp to spring game action.

Davis, nursing a back injury, could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday, and so could Crisp (right lower triceps strain) after an encouraging day on Sunday. Davis hit in the cages pain-free, while Crisp took some dry swings.

"Coco will play Tuesday if everything goes right tomorrow," said manager Bob Melvin. "Usually when he turns the corner, he turns the corner pretty quickly."

Outfielder Josh Reddick, sidelined by a right oblique strain, has been playing catch in recent days and is hoping to be ready in time for the club's annual Bay Bridge exhibition series with the Giants, beginning April 2. Whether he's able to compile enough at-bats to warrant an Opening Day start, however, remains to be seen.

In other injury news:

• The reports from right-hander Jarrod Parker's throwing session against hitters on Sunday, his first since Tommy John surgery, were "very good," according to Melvin.

Parker will face Minor League hitters again on Wednesday, throwing 15 pitches in each of his scheduled two innings.

"Everything is going really smoothly with him, which is great to see," said Melvin. "He's a hard-working kid, and he's put himself in a good position to where he hasn't had any setbacks."

• Fellow Tommy John patient A.J. Griffin is also progressing well and remains just slightly behind Parker, with both anticipating a June return. He'll throw his next bullpen session Tuesday and is expected to spin a few breaking balls in front of the mound for the first time.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.