OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Geren said he had no setbacks to report Sunday in regards to the host of his players on the mend.
Geren said outfielder Coco Crisp took 30 swings off of a tee Sunday and his injured left pinky "feels well." Crisp, who signed a one-year, $ 5.25 million deal this offseason, is yet to play in an Oakland uniform.
A's second baseman Mark Ellis continues to rehab his strained left hamstring in Arizona and took part in lefty Josh Outman's simulated game on Saturday. Geren said he didn't receive a full report about Outman's outing, but he assumed nothing bad happened.
"I'm sure it went fine," Geren said.
The Oakland rotation also received some encouraging news, as lefty Brett Anderson and righty Justin Duchscherer are recovering as planned.
Anderson is on day three of his recovery plan and played catch on flat ground from 80-100 feet Sunday, while Duchscherer will throw off of a mound Monday before the A's head to Texas to start their six-game road trip against the Rangers and Angels.
Geren said Duchscherer could rejoin the A's rotation in Anaheim. Duchscherer is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.
"Everybody's progress is rolling the right way," Geren said.
Suzuki progressing, working toward return
OAKLAND -- Kurt Suzuki is making progress as he tries to recover from a muscle strain in his rib cage.
A's manager Bob Geren said Suzuki took batting practice on Saturday and "felt great."
Geren said Suzuki will hit live pitching Monday morning in Sacramento before jumping on a plane to fly to Oklahoma City.
"He has to hit on an open field live and test it that way before he plays in a game," Geren said.
Geren said the plan is for Suzuki to play catcher for the A's Triple-A affiliate on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. If all goes well, Suzuki could rejoin the A's during their three-game set at Texas, which will take place Tuesday through Thursday.
Oklahoma City is roughly 215 miles away from Arlington, Texas, or about a three-hour drive or 50-minute flight away.
"That's nice," Geren said of the proximity. "Very close."
Suzuki's missed 13 games since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 24 and his offense has been sorely missed. The trio of Jake Fox, Landon Powell and Josh Donaldson are hitting just 4-for-43 (.093) with five runs scored, one home run, three RBIs, five walks and 15 strikeouts in Suzuki's absence.
Sweeney growing offensively
OAKLAND -- Ryan Sweeney's defense has always been reliable during his two-plus seasons with the A's. Now he's become one of Oakland's most consistent options in the batter's box.
Through 31 games, Sweeney's .297 average and 18 RBIs are tops on the A's.
"He just gives you a good at-bat every time up," manager Bob Geren said. "That's all you can ask from anybody is a solid AB. He swings at strikes, puts the ball in play when he needs to. His situational hitting has been outstanding."
Though he admits he still gets frustrated at times, Sweeney said he's trying to keep an even keel.
"I'm starting to learn my swing a little bit more," Sweeney said. "I'm learning how to take certain approaches against certain guys after facing them the last three years."
Sweeney said he's learned that baseball is a game filled with failure and adjustments. Despite constantly making changes to keep up with pitcher's adjustments, Sweeney said he focuses on having a consistent approach to every at-bat.
"I really worked on my whole career trying to stay consistent," Sweeney said. "You can't get too up and you can't get too down."
Alex Espinoza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.