Oakland A's Injury Updates: Latest On 3B Danny Valencia, OF Coco Crisp

The scuffling Oakland A's have sorely missed starting third baseman Danny Valencia, but the latest word from manager Bob Melvin makes it sound like the middle-of-the-order hitter could return in time for the team's weekend series in Baltimore.

In fact, after a rehab game on Monday and a medical check-up on Tuesday, it could be all systems go for Valencia for the series opener against the Orioles on Friday. The third baseman, who has been out since April 20 with a strained left hamstring, was one of the A's more consistent bats before going down, hitting .294 in 14 games. 

Coco Crisp has manage to avoid a DL stint thus far, playing in 22 games for the Green and Gold, but the oft-injured outfielder saw a doctor on Wednesday and wasn't used off Oakland's bench in a 9-8 loss to the Mariners. CSN Insider Joe Stiglich calls the heel injury a "non-baseball medical issue," so it appears the A's have dodged a bullet with this one.  

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