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Coco Crisp goes back on DL for Athletics

May 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

Injured in just his second game of the season, Coco Crisp was placed back on the DL Wednesday because of a strained right intercostal muscle.
Crisp’s return to the outfield mix was one of the reasonings behind Eric Chavez’s DL assignment over the weekend. The A’s intended to use Crisp in center, Rajai Davis in left and Jack Cust at DH. However, those plans have already been scrapped and Davis is back in center field and in the leadoff spot tonight.
Replacing Crisp on the roster is catcher Landon Powell. That will free up Jake Fox to be used at DH and perhaps in the outfield against lefties. Eric Patterson will also benefit from Crisp’s injury. However, tonight it’s Adam Rosales getting the nod in right field, with Ryan Sweeney moving over to left.
Rosales just spent six weeks filling in at second base for Mark Ellis. The versatile right-handed hitter is batting .269/.333/.373 in 134 at-bats this season.
Top prospect Michael Taylor wasn’t a candidate to be called up in Crisp’s place. He’s on the DL with a calf injury, and he was hitting just .232/.290/.408 in 125 at-bats for Triple-A Sacramento before going down.

  1. APBA Guy - May 26, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    I wonder if anyone is surprised at Crisp and Chavez being on the DL along with the Duke. Crisp played in only 49 games last year, and 118 in 2008. Chavez games played were 8 in 2009 and 23 in 2008. This year’s total of 33 looks like it will be something of a local peak. The Duke totaled 0 in 2009 and 22 starts in 2008.
    Matthew, what’s the current situation regarding insurance covering player disabilities? It used to be that a player who was out for more than 60 days triggered an insurance payment, covering between 50-80% of the player’s salary. Still the case? Chavez represents 20% of the team payroll and Crisp 10%.
    If so, chances are the A’s reported payroll of $55M will be offset in substantial part by insurance payments this year, making Wolff/Fisher even more money that won’t get plowed back into the team in some way (scouting, signing bonuses, facilities, etc).

  2. partytime - May 27, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    That’s a real shock . Crisp and Nick Johnson eat out of the same trough . If you’re stupid enough to sign either of them , that’s what you’ll get . Too bad , so sad !

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