In the top of the 4th inning, Coco Crisp made a terrific leaping catch to end the inning, and was quickly greeted by the wall in left-center. There is still no word on the Oakland outfielder’s condition, but he has been removed from the game and replaced with Craig Gentry.
Best case scenario is it’s just a matter of getting the wind knocked out of him. Worst case scenario, Coco Crisp tweaked his back and will land on the DL. As we have mentioned before, Gentry is a very capable replacement for Crisp, with his speed and his bat. Offensively, a potential injury should take less effect on the team than in recent years. Defensively, Gentry could be an upgrade due to his stronger throwing arm.
Don’t get me wrong, Coco Crisp is vital to the Athletics, but with Gentry manning the outfield in his place, the Athletics should be better suited to absorb the injury that in years past.
If you missed the offending play, here is the link from MLB.com:
UPDATE: According to A’s beat writer, Jane Lee, Coco Crisp suffered a strained neck and is listed as day-to-day. Gentry will start in his place for Game 2, leading off and playing CF.