Found July 01, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The Oakland Athletics received a minor scare in todays game, when center fielder Coco Crisp was removed from todays victory over the St.Louis Cardinals at the conclusion of the fourth inning of play. Oakland's offensive catalyst, appeared to injured himself in the very first inning making a spectacular diving catch on a line drive off the bat of Matt Holliday. Shortly before his departure, Crisp was spotted uncomfortably stretching out his body in the dugout between innings and conversing with his eventual defensive replacement, Chris Young. After the game, manager Bob Mevin revealed that Crisp was suffering from a recurring case of back spasms after initially injuring his back while recording another highlight reel catch during Saturday's game. Despite feeling well enough to start Sunday, Crisp re-aggravated his ailing back and was forced to retreat to the clubhouse for treatment. Monday's off-day should serve Crisp well as he rests in preparation for the upcoming series, against the Chicago Cubs. With his season already truncated by a litany of groin and heel injuries, the 33-year old will need to give his back an ample amount of time of rest to recover from his latest malady. While an exact timetable has yet to be given, Chris Young should be able to slide into his familiar position if Crisp is forced to miss an extended period of time. Down on the farm, in a move that could only be defined as precautionary given Crisp's relative fragility, the Athletics have recently begun playing Jemile Weeks in center field at Triple-A Sacramento. The former second baseman of the future, has watched his stock drop dramatically in the past year after last seasons struggles. Given his athleticism, the Athletics believe that Weeks will be able to the handle the transition with considerable aplomb. In the wake of Crisp's latest injury, the value of organizational depth cannot be stressed enough and such a move could expedite Weeks's return to Oakland. Follow @mlbinjurynews  Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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