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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Coco Crisp, Sean Doolittle, Jed Lowrie

By on 8/31/2014 02:45:00 PM

Oakland A's center fielder Coco Crisp was held out of Saturday's 2-0 loss against the Los Angeles Angels after a wall collision Friday (video here and below), and will not play in Sunday's finale. Closer Sean Doolittle, on the DL with a right intercostal strain, is "feeling better" but not ready for on-field work. Shortstop Jed Lowrie (finger) began a rehab assignment Saturday and could return as early as Monday.

Sam Fuld will play center in Crisp's place, according to beat writer Susan Slusser. Crisp, who is hitting .254/.346/.397 (OPS+ 112), is day-to-day with a strained neck  He has been in and out of the lineup with neck problems since early May when he made a spectacular catch. Lowrie hit .238/.317/.354 before he was placed on the DL August 14 after fracturing his right index finger on August 4. 

Sean Doolittle
A rarity among closers because he's a lefty, the 27-year-old All-Star Doolittle has saved 20 games for the A's, including the first two games of the A's-Angels series. He has also recorded five holds, three blown saves, one win and three losses, while posting a 2.28 ERA in 54 appeances. He has struck out 80, walked five (!) and allowed four homers in 55.1 innings.

Doolittle is in his third major league season, with an 8-9 career record, 2.83 ERA. He was the A's first round draft pick in 2007, and made his debut June 5, 2012. He was slow getting to the majors due to two left knee sugeries in 2009 and 2010. The A's signed Doolittle to a five-year /$10.5 million contract that takes him through 2018 with team options for 2019 and 2020.

Coco Crisp

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 MarteGuillermo MotaKelly 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).

Jed Lowrie

Lowrie, 30, has played for three teams (Boston, Houston, Oakland) and posted a career line of .259/.329/.413. He was the first round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2005 and made his debut April 15, 2008.  In December 2011, the Red Sox traded him with Kyle Weiland to the Houston Astros for Mark Melancon. In February 2013 the Astros traded him with Fernando Rodriguez to the Oakland Athletics for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi. Lowrie is in his third arbitration year ($5.25 million) and eligible for free agency after this season.

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