DETROIT -- A's outfielder Coco Crisp hasn't fully recovered from a case of pink eye affecting both of his eyes, yet he insisted on returning to the starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener in Detroit.
"As we know Coco, he's going to do everything he can to play," manager Bob Melvin said. "From what I understand, it's an inconvenience and it's somewhat bothersome, but we certainly wouldn't put him in a position at where he was at risk. Earlier in the day, he was good enough to make the lineup out."
But by the fourth inning, Crisp had left the game, after experiencing complications with the existing eye issue. Chris Carter hit for Crisp and remained in the game at first base, while starting first baseman Brandon Moss moved to right field and Josh Reddick shifted from right to center.
"He wasn't seeing the ball 100 percent, and I certainly don't want to put anyone in a bad position," Melvin said. "Your eyes are certainly very important in this game, and if you're not seeing the spin on the ball, there could be some danger involved."
Crisp has been dealing with the issue for nearly a week and, per his Twitter account, relayed to followers on Monday that he even traveled separately from the team to Detroit, given the highly contagious nature of the infection. On Tuesday, he was seen wearing protective sunglasses in the clubhouse.
Crisp's significance to the team is unmatched, when considering what he lends the A's at the top of the lineup, where he serves as a sparkplug and offers plenty speed. Over his last 21 games, he's batting just .233, but 10 of his 20 hits have been for extra bases, and he's scored 12 runs in that time.