Coco has seen it all as Opening Night approaches

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Coco has seen it all as Opening Night approaches

TOKYO, JAPAN -- Coco Crisp has been here before. In 2008, Crisp was with the Red Sox playing against the As. This trip to Japan still has a special feel.Being here in Japan, Ive been here before is kind of like a dream come true, Crisp said Tuesday. I always wanted to play out here and to get a couple opening days out here, Im pretty fortunate.Crisp would not have been in Tokyo if he didnt choose to re-sign with Oakland. Now hes part of the rebuilding process and stands as one of the few vested veterans in the lineup. Hes been in this situation before in both Cleveland and Kansas City in prior stops. He knows how to handle this many young players.RELATED: Coco Crisp career stats 2011 game logs
I dont really say too many things. Guys have been around the game long enough, he said. When a situation comes up during the game that they havent been involved in, stealing bases or defensively, thats when I put my two cents in when asked. As a veteran guy you dont want to overstep your boundaries, but you try to help out when asked.While Crisp is taking a hands-off approach with the young players, the As will definitely need his veteran presence.This is his 11th season in the Majors and third in Oakland. Many As players will be enjoying Opening Night for the first time, but the first game never loses that special feeling.Excited, thats the number-one feeling. Once the game starts theres going to be some nerves in there, there always is. Crisp said with a big smile.The starting left fielder does not take this chance for granted.Youre here another year. If you have one day in the big leagues, thats a huge accomplishment. To be able to be a starter on big league team on opening day, that never gets old.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.

A's hopeful Matt Chapman will be released from hospital Sunday

A's hopeful Matt Chapman will be released from hospital Sunday

Matt Chapman's first stint with the A's was cut short by a left knee infection.

The highly-touted third baseman was placed on the disabled list on Thursday and admitted to a hospital for treatment. He's been receiving antibiotics via intravenous.

Prior to Sunday's series finale in Chicago, manager Bob Melvin was asked about Chapman's status.

"Our hope is that he gets out [of the hospital] today. I know he's making significant strides. This has been really good for him, the drip of the antibiotics as opposed to the oral antibiotics he was taking," Melvin told reporters in Chicago. "I know once he gets out of there, they want to make sure there's no complications, so we're probably being a little bit conservative, but we can because he's on the DL."

Chapman's placement on the DL is retroactive to June 19, so he's eligible to be activated on Thursday, though Melvin wouldn't commit to saying if the 24-year-old will be ready.

"Once he gets out and once we start doing some baseball activities, we'll have a better idea of that," Melvin said.

In 14 at-bats with the A's, Chapman collected three hits including one double, drove in three runs and scored twice.

The 2014 first-round pick earned the promotion after hitting .257/.348/.589 with 16 home runs and 30 RBI in 49 games for Triple-A Nashville.