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A’s place Coco Crisp on DL, call up prospect Michael Taylor

May 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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As expected the A’s have placed Coco Crisp on the disabled list with an inner-ear infection, calling up Michael Taylor from Triple-A to replace him on the roster and in the outfield.

Taylor was a top prospect when the A’s acquired him from the Blue Jays via the Phillies in mid-2009, ranking No. 29 on Baseball America‘s list the next spring, but his stock has dropped since then and now he’s getting his first extended look in the majors at age 26.

Taylor was hitting well at Triple-A with a .347 batting average and .938 OPS in 23 games, but in 273 total games at the level he’s hit .280 with a modest .439 slugging percentage.

Crisp has been battling dizziness, head congestion, and various other symptoms, so it’s unclear how quickly he’ll be able to return after beginning the season in a 13-for-67 (.194) slump.

  1. gordongetgo - May 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    A’s place Coco Crisp on shelf, call up Fruity Pebbles…

  2. APBA Guy - May 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Even the hardcore A’s fans on AN Nation are not excited by this, though the pre-season talk on Taylor was split between “play him and see what he can do” and “He’s 26 and hasn’t had a whiff of the majors-he looks so uncomfortable in left.”

    With Coco-a healthy Coco-you know what you are going to get these days. Not much.

    With Taylor you don’t know. Might as well find out. Let’s face it: where are the A’s going anyway?

  3. proudlycanadian - May 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    The Phillies traded Taylor to the Jays along with Drabek and d’Arnaud in the Halladay trade. The Jays then sent him to Oakland for Brett Wallace. Wallace was then traded to Houston for Anthony Gose after Houston had picked up Gose in a trade from Philadelphia. Going into the season, Drabek was in the Toronto rotation and d’Arnaud and Gose were ranked as their top 2 prospects.

    I hope that Taylor is a success in Oakland.

    • biasedhomer - May 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Jays made some smart moves.

  4. foreverchipper10 - May 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Sounds like he has angered the demi-gods.

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