OAK@MIN: Lowrie gets hit in calf, leaves game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite taking a bounced pitch to his lower right leg Monday, Jed Lowrie was in the A's lineup for Wednesday's middle matchup of a three-game set in Minnesota.

Lowrie was in significant pain after getting hit by the pitch from Twins righty Samuel Deduno, but Tuesday's team off-day proved enough rest for the infielder.

Lowrie is the A's only player who has started all eight games, and he's reached base safely in each of his last six games, going 6-for-17 (.353) with seven walks in that span.

The shortstop is a .317 career hitter in the month of April, which is his best average for any month of the season.

Ailing wrist likely to sideline Crisp until at least Friday

SEA@OAK: Crisp hits solo home run to win the game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Coco Crisp remained out of the lineup Wednesday, and Oakland's outfielder could remain off the field until Friday in Seattle.

That's the best-case scenario for Crisp, who may miss even more time while nursing an inflamed left wrist. He received a cortisone shot in the wrist Sunday, and it generally takes at least four days before a player can comfortably get back to action.

"I never expected him to play today," said manager Bob Melvin. "Tomorrow could maybe even be a stretch. We may be looking at Seattle."

When asked if Crisp was a candidate to hit the disabled list, though, Melvin quickly replied, "No."

Sam Fuld made his second straight start in center field on Wednesday in place of Crisp, who reached base safely in each of his five games to start the season.

Gentry expected to come off DL by end of week

Outlook: Gentry remains steady, offers decent speed

MINNEAPOLIS -- Look for Craig Gentry to make his A's debut by the end of the week.

Oakland's outfielder, who didn't play a single Spring Training game after suffering a lower back strain on the second day of camp, could finally join the A's as soon as Thursday in Minnesota -- though perhaps just so he can fly with the team to Seattle.

Either way, Gentry is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list any day now.

He went 1-for-4 with a walk in a start in right field for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday and is 4-for-8 with two runs in two games overall for the River Cats. He also played a game with Class A Stockton on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a double.

"He's doing everything well, running the bases, swinging the bat," said manager Bob Melvin, "and eager on top of that."

The A's will face a tough roster decision upon Gentry's arrival, with outfielder Sam Fuld or first baseman Daric Barton expected to be taken off the roster. Oakland doesn't want to lose either of them, but both are out of options.

Worth noting

• Just two days after saying he'd like to get the hot-hitting Alberto Callaspo in the lineup more, Melvin kept to his word and stuck the versatile switch-hitter into the designated hitter spot Wednesday.

Callaspo entered the day with four hits in only nine at-bats on the year.

"You gotta play a hot hand," said Melvin. "You want to keep everyone up to speed with their at-bats, but when you have a guy that's swinging well, you want to get him in there more so."