Coco Crisp strains neck after excellent running catch

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You can watch it all go down here, courtesy of MLB.com …

Crisp laid there on the track for close to four minutes before walking off with the assistance of the A’s head trainer. Jane Lee of MLB.com reported later that Crisp had been diagnosed with a neck strain. It also looks like he may have done some damage to his left shoulder. The A’s will reevaluate their center fielder Thursday.

Report: MLB likely to unilaterally implement pace of play changes

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.

Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”

The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.

It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.