Update: May 24, 2015 9:15 am PT
Coco Crisp has been officially placed on the 15-day disabled list. Susan Slusser reported via Twitter that Crisps’ only option to help his ailing neck is rest and rehabilitation. Any surgery would unfortunately be career ending, so Crisp will go that route and try to return as soon as possible.
Original Text: May 22, 2015 9:00 am PT
Every Oakland A’s fans knows about Coco Crisp‘s neck issues that stem back to about this time last season when he injured it crashing into the center field wall at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland. The injury plagued him all season long, holding him to just 126 games in 2014.
Crisp was also out in the beginning of this season with an elbow injury but that now has healed and is a non-issue.
However, whatever happened to his neck last year hasn’t gone away and is still an issue, an issue that could cost the A’s Crisp for the entire season.
On Thursday Crisp traveled from Houston to Dallas to see a neck specialist while his team moved on to Tampa Bay to play the Rays.
There is a chance that Crisp could need surgery, which could also mean ending his season before it’s even had a chance to get started.
The 35-year-old Crisp, who was moved from center to left field this season, told the San Jose Mercury News,
“It’s rough to have been battling this since last year. You want to be healthy. Rehab was the process we went with last year and I was doing OK. Now I’m going out there to see what the next steps are. There is no telling how things are going to play out, whether it’s going to need more rehab or something a little more invasive.”
Something more invasive, as Crisp put it, would render him out for the season. He went on to say,
“I’ll try to come back sometime this year. And if not, then next year.”
Next year. Those are definitely not the words the Athletics want to hear from the guy who’s been a leader in the clubhouse and on the field for the team since he joined them in 2010.
In the 13 games he’s played in this season Crisp has just two hits in 52 plate appearances along with one stolen base. He led the league with 49 stolen bases back in 2011. It just shows how much his injuries are weighing on him.
He re-injured his neck on Tuesday after making a hard diving catch in Houston.
Crisp signed a contract extension with the Athletics prior to the 2014 season. It guarantees him $11 million for 2015 and 2016 and includes a vesting option for 2017. Hopefully for the A’s losing Crisp now and having him healthy in the future will pay off.
Regardless of his slow start, Crisp will be missed by the A’s in the clubhouse and on the field.