If A's can reach ALCS, SS Crosby hopes to return

Updated: September 24, 2006, 1:00 PM ET
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A bad back has sidelined Bobby Crosby for most of the second half, but the shortstop hopes to help the A's in the playoffs -- if they advance to the American League Championship Series.

 Bobby Crosby

"The way I'm looking at it, the longer we go, the more likely I can play," Crosby told the San Francisco Chronicle. "When it comes to it, it's their decision if they want to play a guy who's been hurt for a while, but I hope maybe I can do that."

Crosby said he was able to do abdominal work on Friday and felt fine Saturday, making him hopeful of a possible return this season.

The A's are likely to add D'Angelo Jimenez for the AL Division Series and then might have the choice between Jimenez and Crosby for the ALCS.

Crosby, who was named AL Rookie of the Year in 2004, was picked to be one of the A's biggest threats in their lineup this season before injuries derailed his season.

The shortstop had the second-lowest batting average (.229) and on-base percentage (.298) for regular American League players, and the lowest slugging percentage (.338) before going on the DL for the second time in August.