Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp is dealing with a neck injury again, the same one that nagged him last year, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Crisp is likely headed to the disabled list, but will not undergo surgery as it would end his playing career.
Crisp had a late start to the 2015 season as he had surgery on his right elbow in early April. He made his season debut on May 6 and played in 13 games, but he did not have good results. The 35-year-old batted .044/.173/.067 and did not register his first hit until May 13 in his 30th plate appearance.
The Athletics, 14-29, have plenty of outfield depth and will get through the loss of Crisp by relying on Sam Fuld, Craig Gentry, and Mark Canha.
Tomorrow will mark a week since the Red Sox reportedly inked outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract. The signing hasn’t been made official yet, however, due to an apparent medical issue. That will change tomorrow morning as the Red Sox have a press conference scheduled with Martinez where they’re expected to announce the signing at long last, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the terms of the deal aren’t expected to change. Presumably, the Red Sox had some safeguards put into the contract to protect them against whatever spooked them with the results of Martinez’s physical.
Martinez, 30, was the top free agent hitter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances last season with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He has expressed an interest in continuing to play in the outfield, but MLB.com’s Ian Browne says he will get a majority of his playing time as a DH with the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez will share first base with Mitch Moreland.