OAKLAND -- Stephen Vogt was an outfielder as much as he was a catcher when he came to the A's in a little-noticed cash deal in April 2012.
Now he is mostly a first baseman, limited by a bad right foot that is slow to heal.
He has played some in the outfield since the injury, but he hasn't started a game behind the plate since July 3 and has filled in at the end of a game catching just once, on July 7.
Not that July has turned into August and his foot is only incrementally better, the question is will he get behind the plate again this year?
"I hope I will, but I don't know," Vogt said. "Right now the easiest thing by far for my foot is playing at first base."
Vogt feels pain every time he accelerates -- "the first step hurts the most," he said -- and then when he puts on the brakes.
Manager Bob Melvin would like to think Vogt will get back in rotation with catchers Derek Norris and John Jaso but conceded "there's always a chance" Vogt won't be catching again this season.
For another player, that already would have meant a trip to the disabled list, but the A's are attempting to find a way around that. The A's are 32-5 when Crisp is in the lineup and scores a run.
"He's shown he doesn't need any rehab, and when he's been off for periods of time he's been able to come back and pick it up right away," Melvin said. "For those reasons we are always hesitant to put him on the D.L.
"And when he turns the corner, he usually turns the corner pretty quickly. And the next thing you know he's in the lineup. So he's the one guy we're really careful of putting on the D.L."
Crisp had injections this past week in an attempt to alleviate the on-and-off pain he has had in his neck since getting whiplash after running into a pole in the Coliseum fence May 7. The injections can take a couple of days before allowing a player to get back in the lineup.
Asked if Crisp was close to taking part in baseball activities, Melvin said "I don't know yet."
However, they can postdate a 15-day D.L. stint by 10 days, so if he can't play by Tuesday and doesn't seem on the verge of a return, the A's may then opt for a D.L. stint.
Until then, the A's are playing with a 24-man roster and a three-man bench.
"He's in a little bit of a funk right now," Melvin said. "He also never gets a day off; it just feels like the right time to give him a day off right now. He never wants a day off, but sometimes you do need a day off. He's had numerous foul balls off his knees, ankles and foot. He's a tough guy who never wants out."
Moss, the most dead-pull hitter on the A's roster, has been hitting the ball to left field more of late, and that hasn't escaped Melvin's notice.