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Monday, April 7, 2014

Athletics Updates on Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Ryan Cook & Craig Gentry

By on 4/07/2014 05:30:00 PM

The Oakland Athletics have had a ton of injury news surfacing in the past 24 hours.  They're off to a mediocre 3-3 start but that would be a 5-1 start if Jim Johnson hadn't blown a couple saves.  The last thing this team can afford to have happen is a growing list on the Disabled List.  They're not capable to go out and fill those spots due to their financial restraints.  Let's go over the plethora of information we've compiled on their current injury outlook.

Yoenis Cespedes
The Cuban outfielder was seen limping in the Athletics dressing room this weekend by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Slusser followed that information today with this tweet:
Cespedes is off to a slow start, hitting .217 through six games with a home run & four RBI.  He'll likely continue to be in the lineup despite the bruise but don't be surprised to see him spend a night or two as the DH.  Cespedes is in this afternoon's lineup.

Coco Crisp
Crisp will sit out of today's game with a wrist injury.  The center fielder is a needed piece for the Athletics at the top of the order if they're going to compete this season.  Susan Slusser, again, has the information for us:
Oakland will take it as slow with him as they think they need to.  This early in the season there is really no need to rush a return.  If he feels good on Wednesday, then he'll play.  If he doesn't, then the Athletics will have him rest again.  Watch for him to sit out at least one game in the next week of road games.

Ryan Cook
Cook has come off of the 15-day Disabled List today and the Athletics optioned Evan Scribner back to Triple-A Sacremento. From Susan Slusser:
"Ryan Cook missed only one week of the season after shoulder inflammation kept him out all spring"
Cook was one of manager Bob Melvin's favorite arms out of the bullpen last season, as he appeared in 71 games and compiled a 2.54 ERA while he struck out at least a batter per inning.  He'll likely slide right back in to the mix and could be seen as early as today.

Craig Gentry
Gentry has almost returned from an injured back.  He'll eventually be a bench player with the Athletics who could be used to pinch run or play any of the outfield positions when needed.  John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group tweets:
He could join the A's in Minnesota towards the end of their series or show up in Seattle, depending on how those games go.  He spent last season with Texas, hitting .280 in 246 at-bats while stealing 24 bases.  A much needed threat off the bench.

Stay tuned to Sports Injury Alert for future updates.

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