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HOUSTON – Coco Crisp is not headed to the disabled list for the time being, but the A’s still don’t know when their center fielder will return to the lineup because of a neck strain.
An MRI showed that Crisp has “chronic, degenerative changes” in his neck, according to A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta, stemming from a collision with the center field wall at the Coliseum during a May 7 game.
“He hit a beam instead of a pad (on the wall), and he’s been dealing with on-and-off symptoms since then,” Paparesta said. “He had a little down spell before the All-Star break, then an increase of symptoms the other day.”
But coming out of the MRI, there was nothing to suggest Crisp couldn’t return relatively soon if his discomfort subsides.
He’ll remain in the Bay Area until the A’s return home Friday for a weekend series against Kansas City.
“Hopefully it’ll get better with a change in treatment plans,” Paparesta said.
Crisp’s symptoms have mainly been on the right side of his neck, and they’ve caused him the most problems when the switch hitter is batting from the left side.
Paparesta said the best remedy likely will be an offseason of rest.
“I think we’ve all come to the conclusion that it’s something we’re gonna be battling the rest of the season.”