Out since late May with a neck injury, veteran outfielder Coco Crisp is off the disabled list and back on the A’s active roster.
Crisp’s neck problems are chronic and he was terrible before being shut down, going 2-for-45 (.044) in 13 games. Toss in the fact that he’s 35 years old and expectations for his performance down the stretch should be minimal.
He’s being paid $11 million this season and is owed another $11 million in 2016.
Coco Crisp can’t catch a break. The Athletics’ outfielder is currently on the disabled list dealing with a neck issue, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he’s currently at home dealing with kidney stones.
Crisp, 35, made his season debut on May 6 but didn’t register his first hit until May 13. He went back on the disabled list on May 20. He compiled a .044/.173/.067 triple-slash line with only two hits — a single and a double — in 52 plate appearances.
The Athletics don’t expect to get Crisp back until after the All-Star break.
Coco Crisp is expected to avoid surgery for the neck injury that sent him to the disabled list, which is good news considering going under the knife might be career-ending for the 35-year-old A’s outfielder.
However, according to John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News he’s likely to be out “until after the All-Star break” and once he does return staying in the lineup will require “workarounds” to avoid career-threatening surgery.
Crisp is making $11 million this season and is owed $11 million next year. He went 2-for-45 (.044) before the injury and batted just .246 with a .699 OPS in 126 games last season. Rookie speedster Billy Burns has replaced Crisp in Oakland’s lineup, starting in center field while Sam Fuld shifts to left field.
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.
Coco Crisp left Tuesday’s game with tightness in his neck and was scheduled to go for an MRI today. No word yet on the official diagnosis, but this isn’t very promising:
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said after Tuesday’s game that the injury is similar to Crisp’s neck strain from last year. The 35-year-old didn’t miss a lot of time with the injury, but he played through discomfort for most of the second half and finished with a disappointing .246/.336/.363 batting line.
Crisp missed all of April while rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and has really struggled since his return, hitting .044 (2-for-45) over 13 games.