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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Coco Crisp will have to play through neck problem

By on 7/30/2014 09:00:00 AM

Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp had an MRI on his sore neck on July 29. The results showed no change in his condition, so Crisp will likely continue to play through the pain. Crisp will rejoin the team Friday as the Athletics begin a 10-game home stand with three against the Kansas City Royals.

The San Francisco Chronicles' John Shea reports that Crisp's MRI showed no change to the degeneration that has plagued Crisp for most of the season. The pain is on the right side of his neck. Shea reminds us that Crisp hit a pole in the outfield fence on May 5 while attempting to make a catch. Crisp suffered whiplash and has dealt with the discomfort since then.

Shea quoted Athletics team trainer Nick Paparesta saying that the outfielder will play through the pain. Said Paparesta,
“I think we’ve all come to the realization it’s something he’s going to battle throughout the season.”
With Craig Gentry now on the disabled list (broken hand), Yoenis Cespedes played center field Monday, and Josh Reddick did so Tuesday. Crisp's Friday return will allow the Athletics to have their normal starting outfield for the first time since Crisps's last game on July 26.

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