Should Oakland Athletics Be Worried About Coco Crisp's Wrist?

By Karl Buscheck
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A footnote in the Oakland Athletics‘ 5-1 getaway day win over the Toronto Blue Jays was that the team’s table-setter, Coco Crisp, wasn’t able to make the start.

In the fourth inning of the Athletics’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday, Crisp ranged deep into left center to track down a line drive. As he made the diving, backhanded catch, the center fielder rolled over on his left wrist and elbow before popping up off the turf. After firing the ball into second base, Crisp immediately removed his glove from his left hand.

After the game, manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the leadoff man has been dealing with the wrist injury “on and off.” So, it’s unclear when the initial injury occurred.

Over his past 43 games, Crisp is batting .192 (34-for-177). In his last 47 games, Crisp has only stole three bases. The 33-year-old can often be seen wearing a large green wrist guard. The green wrist guard first appeared on June 22, which is right around the time that Crisp’s average peaked around .300, and also right as he entered into the prolonged slide that has seen his average tumble to .249.

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Reading back over the game recaps on the team’s website, no apparent injuries seem to have occurred around that time. Perhaps Crisp just fell awkwardly on his wrist while diving back to the bag on a pickoff attempt. Maybe he hurt himself sliding into second base on a fielder’s choice. Or maybe, it’s not a new injury at all.

Melvin noted that the injury affects Crisp most when he bats, and in particular from the right side. That would explain how Crisp continues to impress in center field, while his dynamic play both on the bases and at the plate has all but disappeared.

Karl Buscheck is an Oakland Athletics writer for Follow him on Twitter @KarlBuscheck and add him to your network on Google.  

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