It might be too little too late for the A’s considering their 16-30 record, but Ben Zobrist is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery.
Zobrist was off to a modest start before the injury, but he’ll resume being an everyday player for Oakland while likely seeing time at multiple defensive positions.
As a 33-year-old impending free agent he’ll either try to get the A’s turned around after their brutal start to the season or perhaps emerge as an attractive trade target for contenders.
To make room on the roster Oakland sent outfielder Craig Gentry back to Triple-A.
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 is back from the disabled list after missing five weeks following elbow surgery and to make room for him on the roster the A’s demoted Craig Gentry to Triple-A.
Crisp, who was moved from center field to left field before the surgery, is in the lineup there tonight and leading off against the Twins in what will be his season debut.
Gentry is 31 years old, has been a regular in the majors since 2012, and hasn’t seen significant action in the minors since 2011, but he has a minor-league option remaining and got off to a brutal 3-for-35 (.086) start. He’ll be back in Oakland at some point this season, whenever the A’s decide they need his speed and defense again.
An aside: A friend of mine has a huge crush on Gentry, to the point that she calls him “kitten face” on a regular basis. We’re going to the A’s-Twins game tonight and the roster move to demote Gentry was announced three hours before we left for Target Field. Baseball can be a cruel game, for players hitting .086 and for people who call players hitting .086 “kitten face.”