OAKLAND -- The A's were thrilled to win the longest game in Oakland history on Monday night, but it ended up costing them a couple of key pieces for the next two weeks. The A's placed Coco Crisp (strained left hamstring) and Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle) on the 15-day disabled list today, Crisp retroactive to April 30 (yesterday) and Anderson effective today.
Crisp was injured running out a ground ball in the 13th inning of that game. Manager Bob Melvin said Crisp had discoloration in the area yesterday, couldn't run and was having a little trouble walking, so the prudent move was to put him on the DL. Melvin said the A's are hopeful Crisp will be able to return after 15 days.
Anderson had already sprained the ankle -- and was in fact scratched from starting what ended up being the A's 10-8 19-inning win Monday -- before throwing 5 1/3 innings of relief in the game, coming out only after he felt discomfort in the ankle again. Melvin said the A's actually got a better idea of Anderson's status because of that outing -- they realized just skipping one of his starts might not be enough to let Anderson fully recover.
"Our feeling is we just need to try to knock this out," Melvin said.
Anderson too said he doesn't regret pitching in the game and doesn't feel like it made the ankle any worse. He said it's better to try to heal completely rather than hamper the staff by pitching every fifth day knowing he might feel the ankle after three or four innings.
"It's one of those things where you have to do your part," he said of the relief outing.
The A's recalled Dan Straily from Triple-A for Anderson and called up Luke Montz, a catcher and first baseman who is batting .283 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 15 games with Triple-A Sacramento. Montz is in the starting lineup today, but hadn't been seen in the clubhouse as of 11:20 a.m. First pitch is at 12:35 p.m.
Here's the full A's lineup today, assuming Montz makes it here in time:
Lowrie is back in after getting the day off yesterday to rest his strained neck. He played all 19 innings Monday night, but said the neck is feeling better today. Brandon Moss gets the day off against left-hander, although Melvin said that was a tough decision given how Moss has been swinging the bat.
The Angels' lineup will look like this against A's lefty Tommy Milone:
One quick note - Melvin said the decision to call up Montz was based largely on organization reports that he's hitting left-handed pitching particularly well. Montz played his last major-league game in 2008, during a brief September call-up with the Washington Nationals. In his final game, on Sept. 28, he hit a home run against the Phillies.