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.”