Coco Crisp has “chronic degenerative changes in his neck”

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Oakland’s training staff said Tuesday that outfielder Coco Crisp has “chronic degenerative changes in his neck” stemming from when he ran into a wall way back on May 7.

That sounds really, really bad–at least to this layman–but Crisp has avoided the disabled list so far and Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that he could rejoin the lineup as soon as this weekend.

Crisp has played very well since the initial injury in early May, hitting .281 with a .382 on-base percentage and .803 OPS in 52 games, but he’s batting just .208 in July and according to trainer Nick Paparesta “we’ve all come to the conclusion that it’s something we’re gonna be battling the rest of the season.”

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Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.