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Athletics manager Bob Melvin has ruled Coco Crisp (neck) out through Friday.

Crisp will receive treatment on his ailing neck when the A's return home Friday and will not play that night. It's totally up in the air at this point as to when he'll rejoin the lineup, but Oakland is optimistic that he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list.
Jul 30 - 12:48 PM

Athletics prospect 3B Renato Nunez went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday for High-A Stockton.

Nunez has been crushing the ball since the beginning of June, with a .328/.396/.683 batting line, 17 home runs, 12 doubles and 49 RBI in 47 games. On the season, the 20-year-old has posted a .905 OPS with 26 homers, 23 doubles and 75 RBI in 95 games at Stockton. Though his power profiles nicely at the hot corner, Nunez's swing-and-miss tendencies, highlighted by an 81-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season, could lead to struggles against more advanced pitching once he's promoted to Double-A.
Jul 30 - 12:36 PM

Athletics trainer trainer Nick Paparesta said Tuesday that Coco Crisp has "some chronic degenerative changes" in his neck.

Crisp was initially injured back on May 7 and has dealt with pain his his neck off-and-on since then. He'll avoid the disabled list for now and could return to the lineup as soon as Friday, but it's something that the outfielder is "going to battle throughout the season," Paparesta said. "Now we're trying to figure out what the next course would be to alleviate some of the issues that he's having," manager Bob Melvin added, "whether it's medication or whatever."
Jul 30 - 10:20 AM

Yoenis Cespedes finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI -- including the game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning -- and a run scored in the Athletics' 7-4 comeback win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Cespedes filled up the stat sheet, as he also stole his third base of the season in the win. The three-hit game was his first since June 11, but Cespedes has hits in nine of his last 10 games to pull his slash line up to .258/.306/.468. A notoriously streaky hitter, the 28-year-old is swinging a hot bat right now.
Jul 30 - 12:13 AM

Josh Reddick went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in the Athletics' come-from-behind win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Reddick hit a solo shot off Scott Feldman in the fifth inning, and he also scored in the team's six-run ninth inning. Reddick has come back from a strained right knee with a purpose, going 10-for-28 (.357) with four doubles, two homers, four RBI and seven runs scored in eight games. The strong stretch has his overall line up to .246/.305/.406.
Jul 30 - 12:02 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings of a no-decision against the Astros on Tuesday.

Samardzija was in line for his second loss as a member of the A's before a rally in the ninth inning let him off the hook. The right-hander gave up three extra-base hits among his six hits allowed, walking two while striking out seven. It wasn't his best performance, but Samardzija still has a 3.19 ERA over five starts since being dealt to the A's. He'll look for his third American League win against the Rays on Monday.
Jul 29 - 11:44 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that an MRI on Coco Crisp's neck showed "no changes."

It would qualify as good news, but Crisp will be held out of the lineup until at least Friday and it's not clear when he'll be ready to return. More will be known when the A's return home this weekend. Crisp has battled a neck issue off-and-on for much of the season.
Jul 29 - 6:26 PM

Jesse Chavez was roughed up by the Astros on Monday, allowing six runs over 5 1/3 innings to fall to 8-7.

Chavez has been blessed with an easy schedule lately, but he hasn't capitalized, giving up 11 runs in 16 2/3 innings in two starts against the Astros and one versus the Mariners. He's one start away from surpassing his career high in innings, and the anticipated trip to the bullpen might come sooner rather than later. If so, the A's would turn to Tommy Milone or Drew Pomeranz in his place.
Jul 28 - 11:54 PM

Stephen Vogt collected his fifth homer and eighth double against the Astros on Monday.

Vogt hasn't played much against lefties, but that may change now after his strong game against Brett Oberholtzer tonight. He's hitting .375 with just seven strikeouts in 80 at-bats this month and .361 in 148 at-bats overall.
Jul 28 - 11:47 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are "thought to be considering" a trade for Tommy Milone.

Milone requested a trade from the A's last week, as he became buried on their depth chart following the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. As Spencer notes, the lefty is appealing to the Marlins because he won't reach free agency until 2018. Spencer also lists Wade Miley and Ian Kennedy as possible targets for the Marlins, with Kennedy being the unlikelier of the two. Miley might also be a long shot, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month that the D'Backs have told teams the southpaw is unavailable.
Source: Miami Herald
Jul 28 - 7:11 PM

Coco Crisp will undergo an MRI on his ailing neck Monday.

The A's expect to know the results of the exam on Tuesday. Oakland is in a bit of a bind in center field, as both Crisp and Craig Gentry (hand) are banged up. Yoenis Cespedes will play center against right-handers, with the recently promoted Billy Burns covering the position versus lefties.
Jul 28 - 6:27 PM

Athletics designated OF Kenny Wilson for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-promoted Billy Burns on Oakland's 40-man roster. Wilson was just claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays earlier this month and could soon be on the move once again.
Jul 28 - 5:35 PM

Craig Gentry is dealing with a non-displaced fracture of his right hand and hopes to only miss a couple of weeks.

Gentry broke his hand on a bunt attempt Sunday, but it sounds like things could have been much worse under the circumstances. The A's have called up speedster Billy Burns for some outfield insurance with Coco Crisp (neck) also sidelined.
Jul 28 - 5:29 PM

Athletics placed OF Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand.

Ouch. Gentry presumably broke his hand on a bunt attempt Sunday. The A's have called up prospect outfielder Billy Burns to take his place on the active roster, but they are going to have to hope that Coco Crisp's neck issue isn't serious. Gentry is obviously going to be sidelined for a while.
Jul 28 - 5:04 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of OF Billy Burns from Double-A Midland.

He'll replace the injured Craig Gentry (hand) on the active roster. Burns, who was acquired from the Nationals in the Jerry Blevins deal, was batting .250/.333/.330 with 51 steals over 91 games this season in Double-A. The 24-year-old has zero power to speak of, but his speed could obviously make him relevant in deeper fantasy leagues if he gets playing time.
Jul 28 - 5:02 PM


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