A's Extras: Sizemore heading home for MRI

A's Extras: Sizemore heading home for MRI
April 10, 2013, 12:30 am
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The A's are already without infielders Hiro Nakajima and Adam Rosales. (AP)

ANAHEIM -- A's second baseman Scott Sizemore left the game in the fourth inning with a sprained left knee. He will be heading back to the Bay Area to undergo an MRI on Wednesday. Sizemore tore the ACL in that same knee prior to the 2012 season, so it is a concern.

Sizemore had his knee iced during the game and it was immobilized with a soft cast in the clubhouse afterwards. The injury occurred as he chased a pop up hit to right field by Mike Trout.

"Something didn't feel right after the play," Sizemore said. "It just kind of tightened up on me."

The A's second baseman spent the entire 2012 season rehabilitating the left knee after surgery to repair his torn ACL. He said he hasn't experienced any problems with the knee since the procedure. He's maintaining hope that it might have been the case of some scar tissue coming loose.

"Scar tissue is probably the best case scenario as far as what I felt," Sizemore said.

Should Sizemore hit the disabled list, Adam Rosales and Hiro Nakajima, who are currently on the 15-day disabled list, don't represent realistic immediate options for the A's. They would need to play in rehab games before being considered ready. Rosales is eligible to return, but Nakajima is not. Jemile Weeks or Andy Parrino would be the most obvious replacement options at this point. First, the A's need to figure out what Sizemore's status will be.

"We're not 100% certain what's going on with him," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

The A's are already playing down a man with Josh Reddick recovering from a sprained right wrist. They may need to make a move so they aren't playing down two men.

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As Coco Crisp goes, so does the A's offense. The veteran center fielder is off to one of the best starts of his career. Through eight games, Crisp is hitting .343 and has hit a home run in four consecutive games for the first time in his career.

"I don't expect him to lead the league in home runs this year," Melvin said. "But he's got some power and sometimes when you get off to a good start it could be one of those years where some things fall into place."

According to A's historian and statistician David Feldman, Crisp is the first A's leadoff hitter to hit four home runs in as many games since Wally Moses in 1937. The last A's player to homer in four consecutive games was Brandon Moss.

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It was a rough day at the office for Chris Young. He struck out twice, dropped a fly ball in right field, and took a poor route to a ball that ended up getting past him for an RBI triple. He finished the day 0-for-5. Before Tuesday night, Young had never played right field in his major league career, and it showed.

 

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