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Crisp joins Willingham in trainer's room

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Roster Report · Crisp joins Willingham in trainer's room · Notes, Quotes

Josh Willingham already was out of Oakland's lineup Tuesday because of back stiffness, and then the A's lost another outfielder to an injury.

Coco Crisp, who'd recorded 10 hits in his previous 16 at-bats, left in the third inning after sprinting to first base to prevent the Angels from turning a double play. It was later announced that he had tightness in his left quadriceps muscle.

With a day game Wednesday, it's unclear if either outfielder would be available. Willingham tweaked a back muscle on a swing Monday night, he told the San Francisco Chronicle, and with a day off on Thursday for the A's, usually the team would give a player with a nagging issue such as that the extra day off the day before, too.

If both Crisp and Willingham are unable to play Wednesday, David DeJesus would be in center field, Ryan Sweeney in right field and Conor Jackson in left field.

Jackson got a rare start against a right-handed pitcher Tuesday, and he crushed a two-run homer to left field in the third inning. He moved from first base into the outfield after Crisp came out, with Daric Barton going to first base.

Barton, the team's usual first baseman, was supposed to get the night off after a lot of extra early hitting on Tuesday; he is batting .200 after finishing the night 0-for-2 in Oakland's 8-3 loss to the Angels.

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