As expected the A’s have placed Coco Crisp on the disabled list with an inner-ear infection, calling up Michael Taylor from Triple-A to replace him on the roster and in the outfield.
Taylor was a top prospect when the A’s acquired him from the Blue Jays via the Phillies in mid-2009, ranking No. 29 on Baseball America‘s list the next spring, but his stock has dropped since then and now he’s getting his first extended look in the majors at age 26.
Taylor was hitting well at Triple-A with a .347 batting average and .938 OPS in 23 games, but in 273 total games at the level he’s hit .280 with a modest .439 slugging percentage.
Crisp has been battling dizziness, head congestion, and various other symptoms, so it’s unclear how quickly he’ll be able to return after beginning the season in a 13-for-67 (.194) slump.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.