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Athletics' Coco Crisp (neck) scratched Friday

By on 5/09/2014 10:45:00 PM

Oakland A's center fielder Coco Crisp will miss tonight's opener against the Washington Nationals—and probably Saturday's game also—as he nurses a sore neck, reports Jane Lee of Crisp injured his neck making a spectalular catch in the first game of a double header against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Crisp was sent for an MRI, with manager Bob Melvin saying, "We'll know more once we see the MRI. It was still a bit stiff yesterday, to where they felt like the most cautious thing to do is go ahead and take a look at it." Crisp is hitting .260/.354/.406 with three homers, seven stolen bases, and 11 RBI for the 2014 season.

In Crisp's stead, Craig Gentry gets the start in center field, while John Jaso replaces him in the leadoff spot as designated hitter.

Crisp, 34, a 13-year major league veteran (Cleveland, Boston, Kansas City, Oakland), is a career .272/.330/.411 hitter. He hit 22 homers (the most ever for him) in 2013 while stealing 21 bases.

Originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999 (7th round), Crisp  was traded in August 2002 as a minor-leaguer to Cleveland, making his debut on August 15, 2002. In January 2006, Cleveland traded Crisp together with Josh Bard and David Riske to the Boston Red Sox for Andy Marte, Guillermo Mota, Kelly Shoppach, Randy Newsom (minors) and cash.  In November 2008, the Red Sox traded him to the Kansas City Royals for Ramon Ramirez. In 2009, as a free agent, Crisp signed for two years with the A's and then  re-upped in January 2012, inking a five year $43 million contract through 2016 (vesting option for 2017).

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats

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