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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Crisp has strained left hamstring

Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Coco Crisp leaned over to pick up his bat from the on-deck circle and felt a "prickle" in his left hamstring. He still took his third at-bat Tuesday, and his leg told him two more times he wasn't right: in the batter's box and running to first on a single.

The new Oakland Athletics center fielder said Wednesday he has a strain in the hamstring and it isn't clear how long he might be sidelined. He already was being limited to designated-hitter duties as he fully recovers from operations on both shoulders last summer, but the plan was for him to play the field for the first time this weekend. Not now.

Crisp will undergo treatment for the next few days -- and he hopes to still be ready by Opening Day April 5 at home against Seattle. Though this latest development doesn't help matters.

"It's nothing bad," he said. "I had a severely strained hamstring in Double-A on my right leg. This is the first time I've had anything with my left leg. I reached over to pick up my bat from the on-deck circle and felt my hamstring prickle like someone poked me really hard in the back of the leg."

Crisp, who is being listed as day to day, received treatment Wednesday morning on the leg, which he had wrapped. The 30-year-old Crisp signed a $5.25 million, one-year contract in December and is among several big offseason acquisitions that general manager Billy Beane hopes will make the A's a contender again in the AL West.

Crisp isn't sure how long this injury will hold up his throwing program, because he puts pressure on the leg to throw.

"I've got to take a few more days to feel close to normal," Crisp said. "I've got to make sure it doesn't linger on and recur, even at this minute stage."

In addition to Crisp, right-handed reliever Joey Devine is being shut down for about a week because of soreness in his surgically repaired elbow and flexor tendinitis in the surrounding inner forearm area. He underwent Tommy John surgery last April and was considered ahead of schedule in his recovery, but manager Bob Geren isn't going to take any risks that could lead to a serious setback. Devine threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.

"It's just one of those things where it's pretty common to have a setback," Devine said. "I've been pretty blessed so far."

Geren said Devine's next step would be determined once he's re-evaluated after this break.

Outfielder Travis Buck was doing well a day after being scratched with dizziness. He had his left ear flushed out Wednesday morning to give him what he described as "equilibrium." Buck ran into the outfield wall two years ago and sustained a concussion when he hit the left side of his head, then was involved in a terrifying collision with teammate Chris Denorfia late last season in which his head snapped back and banged hard on the warning track.

"I don't think it's anything serious," said Buck, who expects to need the ear flushed out on occasion. "It's just a matter of staying on top of it."

Righty reliever John Meloan also is experiencing elbow soreness and he was to be examined by local team orthopedist Dr. Doug Freedberg.