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Oakland A's option R.J. Alvarez, activate Felix Doubront; Coco Crisp not activated

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The Athletics welcome Felix Doubront, perhaps in long relief?

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The Oakland Athletics activated left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront ahead of Sunday afternoon's game against the Cleveland Indians and optioned R.J. Alvarez to Triple-A Nashville to clear a spot on the roster. The A's acquired Doubront for cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays shortly before the conclusion of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

It's not clear whether Felix Doubront will have a chance at the rotation. Manager Bob Melvin said after Saturday's game started by Aaron Brooks that Brooks earned a chance to stay in the rotation after Brooks tossed 7⅓ innings of five-hit one-run ball, striking out five. If Doubront remains in the bullpen, he would probably serve as Oakland's longman.

R.J. Alvarez, called up after the A's traded Tyler Clippard to the New York Mets, made one appearance of two pitches on July 30. He allowed a single to Michael Bourn and caught Tyler Holt's bunt pop out.

Coco Crisp not activated

Coco Crisp was expected to rejoin the Athletics Sunday afternoon after making five rehabilitation appearances with the Stockton Ports, but it appears he will not be activated today based on the lineup card published for today's 1:05 PM start.

For Stockton, Crisp was 4-for-19 with two home runs (one from each side) while striking out three times and walking three times.

Once Crisp is re-activated, there will be 38 players counting against the 40-man roster, with Sean Doolittle, Taylor Thompson, Tyler Ladendorf and Jarrod Parker on the 60-day disabled list.

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