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A’s can’t bank on Coco Crisp’s health in 2016

Can Coco Crisp stay healthy?

Of course, he wasn’t always around to help lead the team, thanks to a chronic neck injury he sustained in August of 2014. Crisp injured his neck crashing into the centerfield wall at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, and it has haunted him ever since. He also had surgery after last season to remove bone spurs from his elbow.

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Coco Crisp. Getty Images.

But it isn’t his elbow that is worrisome. It’s the chronic neck problems he has had since that day in August 2014. At the time, the neck injury put him on day-to-day status for the remainder of the season, limiting him to 126 games.

Last May, Crisp made a play that put pressure on his neck yet again and ended up being put on the 60-day disabled list, which limited him to just 44 games in 2015. Doctors recommended surgery to repair two compressed discs in his neck; however, the surgery would mean putting rods in to his neck and it would be career-ending. Crisp, 36, is not yet ready to retire and has gone with his only other option – rest and rehabilitation.

To find out what the A’s plan on doing in case of an injury to Crisp use the link below to check out the rest of my column on Today’s Knuckleball.

A’s can’t bank on the health of Coco Crisp

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