For Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp, this is not the reason he wanted his red hot streak to end. NBC Sports.com's D.J. Short reported Monday evening that Crisp left the Athletics/Rangers Labor Day game in the sixth inning after fouling the ball off of his right shin and developed a contusion. He finished the at bat but did not take the field when the Athletics came out for the top of the seventh.
The San Francisco Chronicles' Oakland Athletics beat writer Susan Slussman confirmed the news in a Monday evening tweet.
Crisp left with a right shin contusion is the #Athletics announcement.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 2, 2013
Short indicates that the Athletics do not yet know the extent of the injury, but Crisp could sit out Tuesday's game, but that is not yet certain. Crisp will undergo further examination Tuesday morning.
The Athletics won Monday's game and pulled into a first-place tie with Texas in the American League West. Both teams have identical 79-58 records, but Oakland has the hot hand at this point. Crisp is a major reason why. He is 12 for 39 (.308) with 5 HR in his last 10 games, in which Oakland is 8-2. He homered for the third straight game earlier on Monday. In fact, 11 of Crisp's 17 home runs have come within his past 11 games.
The Athletics and Rangers have two more games in this series, which ends Wednesday. They meet again in Arlington for a weekend series from September 13-16. These two series could determine the A.L. West division winner.
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