After yesterday's loss to the Texas Rangers dropped the Oakland Athletics back to under .500, questions directed toward manager Bob Melvin turned to those of the team's injured players. And it seems, the A's may have help coming as early as today. Coco Crisp is likely to be activated today and be available to start.
The team optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A says Janie McCauley of the Associated Press. This would clear the way for a Crisp activation.
#Athletics option OF Michael Taylor to AAA Sacramento postgame to make room for Coco Crisp "great chance" to be activated Wed, Melvin says.
— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) May 15, 2013
Crisp was placed on the disabled list May 1st, meaning today is the first day he would be eligible to return. He was battling a strained hamstring suffered in that epic extra-innings game against the Los Angeles Angels. He exited that game in extra innings, and many thought the injuries (there were multiple in that game for the A's) were a result of just how long the game was allowed to go.
Crisp was hitting .283/.388/.556 in 24 games before the injury. His bat and his leadership will be a welcome addition to the clubhouse right now as Oakland tries to figure out how to right the ship this season. Crisp is a 12-year veteran who knows how to win. If Oakland is to catch the Rangers, they will need players like that.
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