Crisp unlikely to play Wednesday; Lowrie should return

Crisp unlikely to play Wednesday; Lowrie should return
May 20, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Coco Crisp eventually left the game in the sixth with soreness in his neck. (AP)

Jed Lowrie is likely to return to shortstop Wednesday for the A’s, but center fielder Coco Crisp probably won’t be in the lineup.

That was the word from Oakland manager Bob Melvin after his team closed out a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Crisp hit a two-run double to get the A’s on the board in the second but eventually left the game in the sixth with soreness in his neck. That comes on the heels of Crisp missing seven games with a strained neck before he returned to the lineup Friday against Cleveland.

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Craig Gentry replaced Crisp in center and is likely to start there for as long as Crisp is out.

Lowrie left Sunday’s game at Cleveland with his own neck strain; he said his neck started bothering him before that game even began. Lowrie suffered a similar injury last season and missed just one game. Nick Punto started at short Tuesday but Lowrie appears ready to return Wednesday.