Crisp returns just after Sweeney goes down

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A's center fielder Coco Crisp was back in the lineup Thursday -- and it was a good thing, too, because his backup, Ryan Sweeney, is now out with a Grade 1 right quad strain.

Crisp had missed five games in a row and eight of the previous 10 with right foot and ankle soreness that necessitated an MRI on Monday. However, after Crisp did some swinging in the batting cage Wednesday, the decision was made to allow him to go in the first game of the Detroit series.

Crisp appeared back to full health: He had three hits in Oakland's 6-1 victory that snapped the Tigers' 12-game winning streak. He also made a terrific plunging catch in the sixth inning, robbing Alex Avila of a hit.

Sweeney wasn't ruled out for the remainder of the season by manager Bob Melvin, but with two weeks to play, it seems borderline if he'd be able to return from a quad strain, which typically take 10 days to six weeks to heal.

Sweeney, who was injured running out a grounder Wednesday, said that his entire season has been frustrating. His playing time had been erratic until Crisp's injury, and then Sweeney was injured.

If Crisp, a free agent after the season, were not to return to Oakland next year, Sweeney is the top option on the current roster to replace him.

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