Crisp unlikely to return this season

Crisp unlikely to return this season

OAKLAND -- Barring a miraculous late-season comeback by his teammates, Coco Crisp said Monday he will likely miss the remainder of the season after learning he suffered another non-displaced fracture of his left pinkie.

"It's not looking like I'll probably be playing in any games," Crisp said. "Unless we get close [to Texas]."

Entering Monday's series opener against the White Sox, the A's sat nine games back of the first-place Rangers in the American League West with 14 to play, making Texas' magic number six.

It marks the second time this season that Crisp will miss time due to a broken left pinkie. In an exhibition game against the Giants on April 2, Crisp fractured the outside of his left pinkie and missed the season's initial 40 contests.

Crisp said the fracture occurred on the inside of his pinkie Saturday, as he was tagged out sliding into third base after trying to advance from first to third on an errant pickoff throw by Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey.

"It's bad baserunning that led to the injury," Crisp said. "What do they say, adding injury to insult? Adding insult to injury?"

Once Slowey's throw went off line, A's first-base coach Todd Steverson told Crisp to go for third base, but the outfielder looked back and hesitated before finally committing.

"All I had to do was really just pick up [third-base coach Mike Gallego]," Crisp said.

With the A's holding a $5.75 million team option for next season, Crisp was asked whether he would like to return to Oakland. After initially sidestepping the question, Crisp sounded like he would welcome a second season in the green and gold.

"I chose to come here last year over other teams," Crisp said. "I had a lot of fun out here, I love these guys and the fans treat me very well. They have the option with me and I agree for them to have that option on me, just for the fact that I wanted to come here. It's up to them to make any decisions that they feel is helpful for the team."

The A's are 40-35 in the 75 games Crisp played this season, compared to 34-39 without him. Crisp proved to be an effective spark plug at the top of the order this year while also turning in several stellar catches in center field.

"Obviously, pitching is the hugest part of any championship team as far as field performance," Crisp said. "Then you have your chemistry, which is huge. We have great chemistry here; we have great pitching. I think the only thing we might be lacking here ... is probably that home run presence."