Crisp leaves game after crashing into outfield wall

Crisp leaves game after crashing into outfield wall
August 29, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Coco Crisp suffered a strained neck after crashing into the outfield wall. (USATSI)

ANAHEIM – A’s center fielder Coco Crisp left Friday’s game against the Angels after crashing hard into the outfield wall going after Chris Iannetta’s two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Crisp ran full speed toward the wall in left-center and made a leaping attempt on Iannetta’s drive off Jon Lester. Replays showed that Crisp had the ball in his glove but it popped out as his arm was outstretched over the fence.

He ran several feet after bouncing off the wall and then went to the ground. Trainers came and attended to him as he lay on the outfield grass, but after a few minutes, Crisp was helped to his feet and walked off the field under his own power. Crisp was diagnoised with a strained neck and will be day to day.

Craig Gentry replaced him in center as Iannetta’s two-run homer gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.

Crisp has taken several hard collisions into the wall over the years, including one in May against Seattle that left him with a strained neck that’s kept him out of the lineup periodically. He missed seven games in July with the injury but has played regularly since then.