Crisp has been having issues with his right elbow throughout most of the spring. The soreness he’s been feeling was evident during a minor league game on Tuesday where Crisp went 0-3 with a walk. A’s manager Bob Melvin said that Crisp was still having trouble with his swings and was still in pain on Wednesday.
This is a blow to the A’s as they are already starting the season without right fielder Josh Reddick, who is suffering from an oblique injury. The good news is that Reddick should only miss five regular season games but Crisp will obviously be out much longer.
Crisp is going to need arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur and chips from his elbow. The procedure will keep him out of the game for six to eight weeks.
The team is also starting the season without closer Sean Doolittle who is recovering from a slight tear in his rotator cuff. Doolittle’s return time is supposed to be early May.
One thing that the A’s are lucky to have to combat these injuries is depth! ….
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