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ANAHEIM – Coco Crisp’s availability for the near future remains a question as the A’s center fielder remains day-to-day after slamming into the outfield wall Friday and leaving the game.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin wouldn’t offer whether Crisp, diagnosed with a strained neck, is available tonight.
“He’s a little stiff,” Melvin said simply.
But given the precaution that the team has taken with Crisp’s neck problems throughout the season, it would be a surprise if he took the field again in this series against the Los Angeles Angels. Sam Fuld is hitting leadoff Saturday night against Angels right-hander Cory Rasmus. Craig Gentry is taking Crisp’s place in center, with Fuld playing left.
Crisp made an incredible effort in nearly catching Chris Iannetta’s home run in the fifth inning Friday night. The fact that he’s willing to go full-speed after balls like that, given his past injury history stemming from wall collisions, is also astonishing.
“I’m trying to play it a little more safe, but when I play it safe, I don’t really feel like myself,” Crisp said after Friday’s game. “Usually I just throw my body out there and whatever happens, happens. And I just deal with the consequences.
Fuld, playing left field Friday, had an up-close look at Crisp flying effort to haul in Iannetta’s homer. Crisp’s glove came off after he bounced off the wall, and he was yelling at Fuld to check his glove as he went to the ground.
“I looked in his glove, I looked in his hat, I was looking for little divots in the ground to see where the ball might be,” Fuld said.
Asked about Crisp throwing his body around with abandon, Fuld – who has made a collection of highlight catches himself over his career – said it’s tough to dial back the effort to preserve one’s body.
“I think it’s in a lot of our nature,” Fuld said. “I know I get tunnel vision when I’m going for a bll. It’s tough to turn it off.”