Crisp unlikely to be ready to play Opening Day

A's left fielder continues to battle sore right elbow

Crisp unlikely to be ready to play Opening Day

MESA, Ariz. -- A's left fielder Coco Crisp appears unlikely to be cleared for Opening Day.

The veteran, who has battled lingering right elbow soreness nearly all spring, went 0-for-3 with a walk in an intrasquad game on the Minor League side Tuesday and did not sound overly encouraged.

"I don't know," said Crisp, when asked if he feels he'll be ready for Monday's opener with the Rangers.

Later, manager Bob Melvin confirmed, "He had some issues. A couple swings bothered him, so we'll sit down in the morning [on Wednesday] and see what the plan is."

The A's have been patient with Crisp, knowing he doesn't need as many at-bats as the typical player to be Opening-Day ready, but he has just 15 at-bats in Cactus League games and would seemingly have to accumulate several plate appearances in this weekend's Bay Bridge Series to avoid the disabled list.

Should Crisp join Josh Reddick (right oblique) on the DL, the A's would likely add hot-hitting outfielder Billy Burns to the Opening Day mix.

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