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Rajai close to returning to game action

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OAKLAND -- A's center fielder Rajai Davis remains sidelined by a minor left hamstring injury but appears close to a return.

Davis, who suffered the injury in Thursday night's series opener against Seattle, did some light jogging Saturday morning and said he felt better.

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OAKLAND -- A's center fielder Rajai Davis remains sidelined by a minor left hamstring injury but appears close to a return.

Davis, who suffered the injury in Thursday night's series opener against Seattle, did some light jogging Saturday morning and said he felt better.

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"I think we're close to potentially getting him in a game," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It's obviously a big part of his game, the running portion, so we don't want to overdo it. We want to give him some time to where, once he gets in there, he can play his game."

Melvin said Davis could be back "in the next day or two in some fashion," so it's quite possible he's rested through Monday's off-day, before the A's open a three-game series in Anaheim.

Jaff Decker, the only other center fielder on Oakland's roster, started in Davis' stead a second straight day Saturday. Decker has reached base safely in each of his first five starts since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville a week ago.

"He's been put in the lineup against some lefties here recently and done a nice job," Melvin said. "Really, any position in the outfield he handles well defensively. His at-bats have been great, so at a time when we're really banged up and really need him, he's been there for us and done a nice job."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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