The A’s lineup took two big hits Friday night against the Tigers.
First, Coco Crisp went out with a groin strain, then Yoenis Cespedes exited with a left hand injury. He underwent X-rays, which turned out negative.
Crisp is considered day-to-day and not expected to see the DL. But the Cespedes injury will be more costly. The club placed the slugger on the 15-day DL on Saturday.
Cespedes hurt the hand when he tumbled awkwardly into second base in the eighth inning. It’s the same hand he injured last year, only this time the injury is reportedly to the back of his hand, between his thumb and index finger, rather than his palm, as was the case in 2012. That injury caused him to miss three weeks last May. Per Susan Slusser, the A’s hope Cespedes won’t be out longer than the 15 days he’ll be on the DL.
While Cespedes is the best A’s best player on paper, the team will miss Crisp’s production more. Crisp has gotten off to a blazing start, hitting .333 with 4 homers, 7 RBI, 14 runs and 9 ...