Crisp is not in the lineup for Thursday's contest against the Rays. Crisp will get the day off after going 0-for-4 on Wednesday against Houston. He has had a rough month of July, hitting .196/.302/.399 with no home runs and only four RBI during 46 at-bats. Jake Smolinski will get the start in center as Billy Butler mans the designater hitter position for Thursday.
Crisp went 0-for-4 on Wednesday to drop his batting average to .237. Crisp's struggles on Wednesday dropped his batting average in July under .200 in 46 at-bats. Crisp has not stolen a base since May 23rd and without those swipes, Crisp provides very little fantasy value. In addition to his current struggles, it appears the A's will start to look at some younger players, costing Crisp playing time in the process.
Crisp is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. Crisp will be on the bench for a second straight game and could begin to lose playing time with the Athletics experimenting with Jake Smolinski as their regular center fielder. The team still has Billy Butler around at the DH spot and could give Danny Valencia more looks in that role as well, leaving fewer starts left over for Crisp to pick up.
Crisp received a one-game suspension Friday after throwing his bat in the direction of an umpire in Thursday's game, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Crisp tossed his bat and helmet in the direction of umpire D.J. Rayburn after a called strikeout in the fifth inning of Thursday's game against the Astros. Crisp said following the game that he didn't intend to hit Rayburn and he would be seeking him out to apologize. Either way, Crisp looks to miss a game with a possible fine due to his actions. The 36-year-old is batting .243 with 38 runs, 37 RBI, and five stolen bases this year.
Crisp is not in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It looks like a routine day off for Crisp, who's started each of the last four games in the outfield. The A's will go with an alignment of Khris Davis in left, Billy Burns in center and Josh Reddick in right Wednesday against the Twins' Ervin Santana.