ARLINGTON, Texas -- The A's are having to make do without center fielder Coco Crisp more than they, or he would like.

After he came out of the All-Star break with his neck feeling good enough to allow him to start six consecutive games, the Oakland leadoff hitter has missed two of the last three starts, including Sunday.

Crisp is flying back to Bay Area on Sunday night for further tests on his neck injury.

"His neck is bothering him again,'' manager Bob Melvin said. "It has been for a few days. It's still the same thing he's been dealing with. It's a lingering thing that sometimes it's an issue and sometimes he feels good.''

The A's believe rest would be the best cure, but they don't want to put him on the disabled list and lose him for 15 days. For one thing, he's a huge part of their offense. For the other, the neck problem comes and goes.

"Rest is probably the best thing for it,'' Melvin said. "It's always a balance with that and the fact that there are days when he feels pretty good. I know in the last couple of days it's been bothering him some.''

  • The A's activated infielder Alberto Callaspo from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday night's game.

    Callaspo, who played one game on an injury rehabilitation assignment Saturday with Class-A Stockton, missed only 10 games, thanks mostly to the four-game All-Star break. He was not in Sunday's starting lineup against the Rangers.


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    To make room on the roster, first baseman Nate Freiman was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Callaspo, a switch-hitter, will go back to being the A's right-handed option against left-handed starting pitchers, two of whom the A's will face this week against the Astros.

    "We do have a couple of lefties in Houston, but Callaspo is able to play some first base,'' Melvin said. "Unfortunately for Fry, he was the guy. But he' always does a nice job for us. Always prepared. A very hardworking kid. He was impactful for us last year, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him back here at some point.''

    When he's not playing first base, Callaspo will play some second base, but Melvin can't say how much. Some of that has to do with Eric Sogard, whose bat has begun to show signs of life in the last week.

    "It will be a day-to-day thing,'' the manager said. "We always try to run our best lineup out there, whether it's matchups, whether it's somebody that's hot. That will be the case again.

    "It looks like (Sogard) is a lot more comfortable at the plate. You don't want Callaspo sitting. But he can play some first, some third, he can DH. So he has a few more avenues to play than Sogard does.''

  • Saturday was Sean Doolittle bobblehead day for the A's Class-A team in Stockton.

    Doolittle hasn't gotten one of the bobbleheads yet — and he would like to — but he's heard about them.

    "They spelled the name wrong,'' he said, breaking into a grin. `D-O-O-L-I-T-T-E.' I'd still like one, though.''

    There must be something in the air. It was earlier in the week that the Rockies gave away jerseys with the name of All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on them. Only they left out the second `T,' so it read `T-U-O-L-O-W-I-Z-K-I.' ''

  • John Jaso had to come out of Saturday's start with pain in his left knee, but he was back in the starting lineup behind the plate Sunday.

    "It feels good; it was just a momentary thing,'' Jaso said.

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