Crisp likely to DL; Taylor expected to join club

Crisp likely to DL; Taylor expected to join club

Crisp likely to DL; Taylor expected to join club
BOSTON -- Coco Crisp's return from his latest bout of illness lasted just seven innings Wednesday, and it appears the A's outfielder is bound for the disabled list. Prospect Michael Taylor is expected to join the team in St. Petersburg for Friday's series opener, MLB.com has learned.

Crisp, who will be reevaluated Thursday, missed seven games in April because of a virus and on Tuesday he was out of the lineup again as a result of a sinus infection. After an 0-for-4 on Wednesday, the outfielder was replaced by Jonny Gomes in left field in the eighth inning after experiencing further head congestion.

"He had to come out of the game, obviously, which we didn't envision at the start of the game," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "We'll take the off-day and see where we go from here. We're probably less encouraged at this point with where we're going with him than earlier [Wednesday].

"It's just been a struggle for him. For him to take himself out of the game means he was struggling."

Just last week, when the team was in Baltimore with an ailing Crisp, Taylor was flown east in case he was needed. He was with the team for one day before flying back to Sacramento, with Crisp seemingly deemed healthy.

This time, Taylor's stay is likely to be extended. The 26-year-old outfielder, whom a source confirmed will fly to St. Petersburg on Thursday morning, is hitting .347 with a .938 OPS and two home runs with 18 RBIs in 23 games for the River Cats.