Coco Crisp and Josh Willingham were both out of the A's lineup Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels, but manager Bob Geren is hopeful that neither outfielder will miss much time.

Willingham, who left Monday's game with tightness in his back, took some swings before Wednesday's game. He said he could have played if absolutely necessary, but with the A's off Thursday, Willingham could benefit from two full days off before Friday's homestand opener against the Texas Rangers.

"I still felt it, but it's a lot better," Willingham said. "Hopefully I'll play Friday."

He said the pain is located in the middle of his back on the left side, and that swinging is the only thing that causes it.

"Unfortunately we have to rotate in this sport," Willingham said.

Crisp, who left Tuesday's game with tightness in his left quadriceps, also was not available. But Geren said the disabled list was not a consideration for the center fielder.

"I guess he feels a little better than he thought he would," Geren said.