Crisp homered in a 2-for-4 game with a walk and two RBI in Tuesday's win over Texas. Crisp had missed the past two games with a neck injury but came back in a big way with six total bases. He was stuck in a 3-for-28 slump since July 10 and had missed five games in that span, so perhaps the rest was just what he needed. He hasn't posted an OPS above .700 since 2013, but Tuesday's performance brought his 2016 mark up to .709.
Crisp (neck) is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. The veteran has been battling a neck issue over the past few days that even led him to be scratched from Sunday's lineup, but after a few days of rest, Crisp is set to return to the A's lineup. Crisp will take over in left field and bat leadoff Tuesday against righty Nick Martinez and the Rangers.
Manager Bob Melvin hinted Monday night that Crisp (neck) may rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Crisp notably took batting practice ahead of Monday's game, suggesting that a return was near. The veteran is hitting just .139 over his last 36 at-bats, however.
Crisp (neck) was able to take batting practice from both sides of the plate before Monday's game, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Crisp has been dealing with the neck issue for some time and has occasionally been limited to hitting from one side of the plate or the other as a result. As such, it's a particularly good sign that he is able to swing from both sides after the neck issue forced him to be scratched from Sunday's contest. He is not in Monday's lineup, but he could potentially be available off the bench and should be considered day-to-day.
Crisp was scratched from the Athletics' initial lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays due to a sore neck. Crisp was initially slated to bat leadoff for the A's, but the late-arriving injury prompted manager Bob Melvin to change things up. With Crisp out of the lineup, Jake Smolinski will shift over to center field, Danny Valencia will move from first base to right field, and Yonder Alonso will enter the lineup at first base. Crisp should be viewed as day-to-day until the Athletics provide another update on his situation.