Inner-ear infection sends Crisp to disabled list

Inner-ear infection sends Crisp to disabled list

The A's placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list Friday morning with an inner-ear infection.

They recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Crisp, who was hitting just .194 with no home runs and one double in 18 games this season.

The move was expected, as Crisp was removed from Wednesday's 4-2 win against the Red Sox because of head congestion after going 0-for-4. Crisp missed seven games in April because of a virus and was out of the lineup Tuesday because of a sinus infection.

"It's just been a struggle for him," manager Bob Melvin said after Wednesday's game. "For him to take himself out of the game means he was struggling."

The right-handed-hitting Taylor was called up to the big league club when rosters expanded last September. He had six hits in 30 at-bats for a .200 average with one home run.

Taylor was hitting .347 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 23 games for Sacramento this season. He led the club with six stolen bases at the time of his promotion, so he should fill in well for the speedy Crisp.

Crisp is riding a streak of 27 consecutive successful stolen-base attempts, which is one away from the club record of 28 set by Stan Javier in 1995.

AJ Cassavell is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.