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Coco Crisp is not considering surgery for his neck ailments, but the A’s outfielder is a strong bet to hit the disabled list.
Rest and rehab is the plan, because surgery on his neck likely would be a career-ender, manager Bob Melvin told reporters Friday. Crisp left Tuesday night’s game in the fourth inning after aggravating his neck while diving for a ball in left field against the Astros, and he hasn’t played since.
A’s trainers have said that Crisp has a chronic neck condition that he’s likely to be dealing with for the rest of his career. He played through a neck strain for much of last season but has said how much it affected his play.
If Crisp does eventually join the disabled list, it raises the possibility that Ben Zobrist could see more time in left field when he comes off the D.L. Zobrist is scheduled to play nine innings in left for Triple-A Nashville on Friday, then serve as DH on Saturday and play nine more innings for Nashville at second base Sunday. If he comes through that OK, Zobrist could rejoin the A’s as they begin their next homestand Monday against Detroit.