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OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics placed starting pitcher Brett Anderson and outfielder Coco Crisp on the disabled list Wednesday and recalled starter Dan Straily and catcher Luke Montz.
Anderson is still recovering from a sprained right ankle that he suffered against the Rays on April 19. The initial plan was to skip his start on Monday to allow the ankle to recover, but he ended up pitching 5 1/3 key innings in the longest game in Oakland A's history. He felt pain in his ankle prior to being removed in the 18th inning of that game.
Pitching in that game didn't do anything to further damage the ankle, but it made the A's realize that just skipping one start wouldn't be enough to properly address the problem.
"I needed to step up for the bullpen's sake the other day and do a job there, but now it's time to let this thing heal up once and for all and get ready to make a run where hopefully I can stay healthy and pitch good," Anderson said.
Anderson has no regrets about pitching in that extra-inning game. He will stay off the ankle as much as possible for then next few days and then gradually resume throwing while getting treatment.
The A's Opening Day starting pitcher is 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA in six games. He needs to get healthy and get back to doing what works for him on the mound.
"I want to be where I'm looked at to go deep into games and kind of give our bullpen a rest," Anderson said.
Crisp is on the DL retroactive to April 30. He hurt his hamstring trying to leg out a single in the 13th inning of Monday's extra-inning game. It's best to play it safe with hamstring injuries, especially for a speed guy like Crisp.
"In Coco's case, he came in yesterday and had some discoloration (bruising)," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He certainly wasn't in a mode where he could run. He was having a little trouble walking. A guy that uses his legs so much, and hamstrings, it can be tricky."
The A's skipper is hopeful that Crisp will be ready to return after 15 days off. He noted that Crisp isn't a guy that has needed rehabilitation stints in the past. Chris Young hurt his left quadricep in the same game. He did sprints in the outfield on Wednesday and it looks like he will avoid a DL stint.
In Crisp's absence, the A's will turn to Jed Lowrie and John Jaso as their primary leadoff hitters. Lowrie would likely lead off against left-handed pitchers with Jaso drawing the role against righties.
"It is certainly a void without (Crisp)," Melvin said. "You're searching to find somebody to do it."
The A's like to play the match ups and that is the main reason why Montz, a right-handed hitter, was recalled. The A's will face five left-handed starting pitchers in the next 12 games. Based on what they had seen from Montz in Triple-A, where he is hitting .283 with five home runs and 12 RBI, they thought he'd be a good guy to add to exploit the match ups. He can play catcher, first base and DH.
He is hitting .286 with two doubles, one home run and three RBI against left-handed pitching. He has four doubles and four home runs against right-handed pitchers.
Montz will be useful off the bench in games when Melvin wants to use both Derek Norris and Jaso in the lineup. Now third baseman Josh Donaldson doesn't have to worry about being the emergency catcher.
"I've had the DH in the game three times already in the month," Melvin said. "When Norris is behind the plate, and it's a righty and I want to DH Jaso, there are some ramifications to that if something happens."
The fact the A's didn't add an outfielder -- like Michael Taylor or Shane Peterson -- indicates they are confident that Young will be available soon.