Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp gave his all to try and prevent a two-run home run Friday night by Chris Iannetta of the Los Angeles Angels and had his glove on the ball before it was jarred loose when Crisp slammed into the outfield wall.
Crisp had to leave the game with a strained neck—an injury that has bothered him most of the season—and the A’s are saying Crisp is day-to-day.
“He doesn’t feel as bad as the last time right now. We’ll see how he is [Saturday].”
The A’s, who trail the Angels by three games in the American League West, have been wracked by injuries of late, with closer Sean Doolittle, catcher John Jaso, utility man Nick Punto and shortstop Jed Lowrie already on the disabled list.
Crisp has managed to avoid the DL to this point, but has missed 31 games throughout the season because of the neck ailment.
In 103 games, Crisp is hitting .254/.346/.397 with 61 runs, 20 doubles, nine home runs, 45 RBI and 16 steals in 20 attempts.
That’s a significant drop off from last season’s career-high 22 home runs with 66 RBI and 93 runs in 131 games.
After posting an MLB-best 59-36 record before the All-Star break, Oakland is just 19-20 since. The Angels are 24-16 in the second half.
Oakland still has a 4½-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the first AL wild-card spot.