OAKLAND -- The A's welcomed back leadoff hitter Coco Crisp on Wednesday, but they have no reinforcements in sight for their slumping rotation.

Dan Straily was the latest starting pitcher to struggle, yielding five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings during a 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers before 20,414 at the Oakland Coliseum. It was the A's eighth loss in the past 10 games since taking two of three from the Yankees May 3-5 in New York.

Straily, who walked four batters and hit two others, is replacing Brett Anderson, who was expected to come off the disabled list Thursday until he reported that his sprained right ankle continues to bother him. Now, Anderson has been shut down indefinitely.

Oakland Athletics second baseman Eric Sogard (28) tags out Texas Rangers left fielder David Murphy (7) on a steal attempt at second base during the third
Oakland Athletics second baseman Eric Sogard (28) tags out Texas Rangers left fielder David Murphy (7) on a steal attempt at second base during the third inning of their game against the Texas Rangers at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group

Given those circumstances, A's manager Bob Melvin indicated he plans to stick with Straily.

"I think what we have is what we have," Melvin said.

Straily's 1-2 record and 7.27 ERA isn't helping a rotation that is 14-21 with a 5.09 ERA this season. Until Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Rangers, the starting staff had absorbed every A's loss this season.

"Our starters haven't been as consistent as they were last year up to this point," Melvin said.

Straily and pitching coach Curt Young worked between starts on being more aggressive, but the right-hander simply couldn't place pitches where he wanted them.

"It wasn't a lack of focus, it wasn't a lack of anything," Straily said. "I was just missing spots."


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Straily was yanked in the fifth inning after allowing an RBI single to Adrian Beltre that made it 3-0. Beltre's hit was preceded by an error by shortstop Jed Lowrie and a walk to Lance Berkman. Straily didn't receive any help from reliever Jesse Chavez, who served up a three-run homer to Nelson Cruz on his first pitch.

"I tried to go up and in and didn't get high enough," Chavez said. "I can't make that mistake in that situation."

The Rangers' two-run rally in the third inning was assisted by back-to-back hit by pitches. Straily lost control of two straight sliders and plunked Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus to load the bases. Berkman followed with a two-run single.

The A's scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, both times missing out on chances to further close the gap.

With two on in the sixth, Brandon Moss lined a pitch to the left-center field gap but was robbed by a terrific diving catch by Cruz.

"That's a momentum-changer," Melvin said. "That ball gets in the gap, it's maybe two more (runs) and now you're looking at a completely different ballgame. If there's ever one particular play in this game that had the biggest effect, it's that one."

The A's loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but settled for only a sacrifice fly by Crisp, who was 0 for 3 in his return.

  • John Jaso left the game in the top of the fifth and was replaced by Derek Norris at catcher. An inning earlier, he was hit by a pitch on the right shin and it tightened up on him while he was in the squat. He expects to be available Friday against the Kansas City Royals.

  • Jarrod Parker will start Friday against the Royals. He'll oppose James Shields (2-3, 2.48 ERA) as he tries to turn around his season. He's 2-5 with a 6.86 ERA.

  • Chris Young (strained left quad) could rejoin the team Friday. He was back in Oakland on Wednesday to be evaluated and will play the outfield Thursday for Triple-A Sacramento. If all goes well, he'll be activated.

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