MINNEAPOLIS — The A's are going to be a little thin in the outfield for a day or two longer.
Coco Crisp, still getting over the cortisone shot he took in his left wrist on Sunday, wasn't in the lineup Wednesday and is unlikely to play Thursday in the series finale against the Twins in Target Field.
Craig Gentry is about ready to come off the disabled list with his sore back sore no longer, but he seems unlikely to be activated before Friday when the A's start a weekend series in Seattle.
Gentry could join the club as early as Thursday, but, manager Bob Melvin said, that might only be so that he could fly with the team from Minneapolis to Seattle. Since he's on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento and the RiverCats are playing a series in Las Vegas, it would seem unnecessary for Gentry to fly to Minneapolis unless he was going to play in Thursday's finale.
Melvin said he thought it unlikely Crisp would play before Thursday. The center fielder needed four days off after getting a similar shot last season, and four days off would see him getting back in the lineup Friday against the Mariners.
Lowrie probably benefited as much as any of the A's from Tuesday's day off.
``It feels OK, I can walk around without any pain,'' Lowrie said before the team's morning workout.''
Melvin said he would monitor Lowrie during batting practice, but the manager was confident that his shortstop would be able to play.
Callaspo talked Monday about trying to hit his way into the lineup, and Melvin said ``you go with the hot hand.''
The loser in this equation is first baseman Daric Barton, who is off to a 1-for-14 start to the season and who also made a base-running gaffe on the opening homestand that cost the A's. Brandon Moss had the start at first base Wednesday.
Barton won the starting first base job coming out of spring training with a .273 batting average and .478 on-base percentage, but with just one hit and one walk this season in five games, he's now missed back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
It's at least possible it could be Barton's roster spot that goes when the A's activate Gentry from the disabled list.
His son Joe is a third-year medical student at the nearby Mayo Clinic and Gallego spent the day there with his son, who three years ago won one of just 50 scholarships to the clinic given out annually.
``When he was a kid he always loved studying (more than sports),'' Gallego said. ``I'm real proud of him and what he's done.''