ANAHEIM -- The A's injury update Monday was mostly positive, with Scott Kazmir feeling good and both he and the club sure he will be able to make his next start Saturday against the Houston Astros.

Coco Crisp, who came out of Sunday's game with left hamstring tenderness, still had some soreness on Monday, but he was able to take batting practice and do some running before the game with the Anaheim Angels.

Kazmir came out of his start Sunday in Seattle after six innings with left triceps discomfort, at which time he sat on the bench and talked with manager Bob Melvin, pitching coach Curt Young and trainer Walt Horn while holding his left forearm.

That picture and video got on the internet, raising worries among A's fans that something might be seriously wrong.

"I was thinking that I really shouldn't have done that," Kazmir said with a laugh Monday. "There wasn't anything wrong. I was showing how I was releasing my pitches, the cutter and the slider. But if all you saw was a picture of that, I could see how you could think something was wrong."

Kazmir said he could pitch on regular rest, which would be Friday, but with the A's having Thursday off, everybody in the rotation will get an extra day off, beginning with Sonny Gray, who will throw Friday against Houston.

Melvin said Crisp was still feeling a bit of discomfort in his hamstring, but the manager didn't think there was anything major, and it's possible Crisp will be back in the lineup Tuesday when the Angels throw Garrett Richards, the only right-hander the A's will see from the Angels in this series.

  • The Angels are throwing left-handers Hector Santiago on Monday and Tyler Skaggs on Wednesday, just the second and third left-handed starters the A's will have seen this season.

    It will be a test for the A's roster, which is heavily left-handed. With the switch-hitting Crisp out at least Monday, the team is down one right-handed bat.

    The A's are hitting just .156 against left-handed pitchers this season, the worst mark in the majors. But they have been without the right-handed bat of Craig Gentry, who may add a little more balance to their lineup. Gentry replaced left-handed hitting outfielder Sam Fuld, who was designated for assignment by the A's over the weekend.

    "We're in one of those stretches where it seems like we're going to see a lot of lefties after a stretch where we didn't see any," Melvin said. "It shouldn't cause a problem."

  • Gentry got his first start of the season Monday. He's the A's third different leadoff hitter in 13 games. One thing hasn't changed, though. The leadoff man has always been a center fielder.