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Athletics lose Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes to injury in extras

Apr 13, 2013, 2:08 AM EDT

Coco Crisp, Jhonny Peralta AP

The A’s lost two outfielders to injury Friday when Coco Crisp departed with a strained left groin and Yoenis Cespedes came out for a pinch-hitter with a left hand injury.

X-rays were negative on Cespedes’ hand, CSNBayArea.com’s Casey Pratt reports.

Cespedes was injured on an awkward slide into second while attempting a steal in the eighth. While it didn’t look good at the time, he was able to stay in to play defense. He was then removed for a pinch-hitter in the 11th when his spot in the order came up.

The departures forced the A’s to shuffle their lineup and move designated hitter Chris Young into the outfield. That put reliever Jerry Blevins in the cleanup spot to begin the 12th inning in the game against the Tigers. Fortunately for the A’s, the pitcher’s spot never came up: Josh Donaldson homered in the bottom of the inning to give the team a 4-3 win.

Crisp’s injury comes at a bad time for him: he’s been one of the AL’s best players so far, hitting .333 with four homers, five doubles and a league-high 14 runs scored.

Still, the A’s are well set up to lose an outfielder, what with Young available to play center regularly. It’d hurt more if two went down, but even then, they’d be able to play Seth Smith and Brandon Moss in left whenever they chose. Also, they have two red-hot outfielders at Triple-A Sacramento awaiting opportunities; Michael Taylor is hitting .410 with three homers and 11 RBI for the River Cats, while teammate Shane Peterson has a .440/.588/.600 line in eight games.

  1. ch0psuey - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Well shiet, what are the A’s gonna eat for breakfast without some Coco Crisps?

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Good night!

  3. kiwicricket - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Stolen base attempt? He basically dive-rolled into the general vicinity of 2nd.
    It’s sad as everyone loves to see them play, but Cespedes and Reyes both hurt themselves with incredibly awful form.

  4. hittfamily - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Vernon Wells, Nieuenheis, and Evan Longoria last year. Brian Roberts, Reyes, Cespedes this year. It is pretty amazing how many guys get hurt trying to steal. I’m not sure how wise it is to invest in a base stealer at this point. Anyone ever been injured on a homerun trot.

    • Walk - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:07 AM

      I don’t recall any injuries on the bases though I have seen a few go down on walkoff celebrations, from eye gouges to broken limbs.

      • tc4306 - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:31 AM

        Kendrys Morales, for example.

    • louhudson23 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Then fucking learn to slide….

  5. mungman69 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    The As are deep and those injuries are minor.

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