Two Oakland Athletics outfielders, Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes suffered injuries during Tuesday's series opener against the New York Yankees. As a result, both players were held out of the team's Wednesday lineup, and manager Bob Melvin told Jeff Kirshman of MLB.com that there's a chance they could sit out the remainder of the series due to their ailments.
"But again, we have to try and keep them healthy,
too," Melvin said. "Even if it is a day or so, if you give them an
extra day, you really want to make sure they're not playing on something that's
bothering them for an extended period of time because both of them have to use
their legs with what they do. You don't want to put them in a position where
something else happens and then they're on the DL." Melvin added that
"there's a chance" both could sit out the rest of the series because
of the short turnaround for Thursday's 12:35 p.m. PT finale, though the manager
added, "Coco felt a lot better when he got to the ballpark and got treatment
than he did earlier today."
Cespedes was replaced by Seth Smith on Tuesday after tweaking his left hamstring while attempting to beat out a ground ball in the first inning. Crisp was seen favoring his heel during the game, but it's unclear exactly when that injury was sustained. Seth again replaced Cespedes in left on Wednesday, while Chris Young got the start in center field.
Melvin characterized both injuries as minor, but he did say the timing in unfortunate considering the A's are currently on a roll, thanks in part to the play of Cespedes and Crisp.
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