CLEVELAND — Coco Crisp returned to the A's starting lineup Friday with the club starting a three-game weekend series in Cleveland.

Crisp hurt his neck and spine hitting the wall while making a catch in the first game of a doubleheader against Seattle on May 7. He'd missed seven games since, with the A's having gone 6-1 in those seven games.

The A's depth helped cover for Crisp when he was out. John Jaso and Craig Gentry divided the starts while Crisp was sidelined and went a combined 12-for-30 (.400) with two doubles, three homers three walks, nine runs scored and four RBIs.

Oakland Athletics’ center fielder Coco Crisp (4) crashes into the wall after catching a ball off the bat of Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager (17)
Oakland Athletics' center fielder Coco Crisp (4) crashes into the wall after catching a ball off the bat of Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager (17) in the fourth inning of their game against the Seattle Mariners at O.com Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Crisp was injured on the play and was down on the ground for 10 minutes before leaving the game. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group) ( DAN ROSENSTRAUCH )

Oakland will have new addition Kyle Blanks in uniform Friday night, although the first baseman/outfielder is not in the starting lineup. The A's acquired him in a trade from San Diego on Thursday and he'll get most of his work against left-handed starting pitchers and as a pinch-hitter.

Cleveland is starting three right-handers this weekend, so Blanks likely will have to wait for his first start with Oakland.

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