OAKLAND -- A’s trainer Nick Paparesta said all went well with left fielder Coco Crisp’s elbow surgery Friday, but the A’s likely won’t start mapping out a timetable for Crisp’s return for another 10 to 14 days.
Crisp had two loose bodies (bone chips) removed from his right elbow and a debridement of the elbow joint, the A’s said. The surgery was performed Friday in San Francisco by team doctor Jon Dickinson.
Paparesta said Crisp will start his rehab program Monday. The first 10 days will be range of motion exercises and waiting for the stitches to heal, after which they can start forming a better idea of how quickly Crisp might be able to return. Typical recovery from arthroscopic elbow surgery is 6 to 8 weeks.
Paparesta said Crisp probably had bone chips in the back of his elbow "for years," and he may have aggravated them when he tweaked his right triceps in his first spring at-bat. "It got worse throughout, and we got to a point where we’d tried every kind of conservative measure that we could and determined surgery was our best option," Paparesta said.
Crisp and Josh Reddick both being out to start the season opens two outfield roster spots for opening day that seem likely to go to Tyler Ladendorf and Billy Burns. Manager Bob Melvin did not make roster announcements before Saturday’s preseason finale against the Giants, but said he’ll probably have news after the game.
Melvin said Reddick, who’s recovering from an oblique strain, is still on track to rejoin the A’s for the sixth game of the season. Melvin also said Saturday’s lineup is a preview of opening night against the Texas Rangers, with one possible change. The lineup goes: RF Gentry, CF Fuld, LF Zobrist, DH Butler, 1B Davis, 3B Lawrie, C Vogt, SS Semien, 2B Sogard.