It was one of those days where I couldn’t possibly cram everything I wanted into my notebook for tomorrow’s paper. One thing I wasn’t able to address was Coco Crisp’s performance in a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Crisp has looked very sharp since returning from a hamstring strain last week. He’s 8-for-21 (.381) in six games since getting back in the lineup. He homered today from the right side of the plate in the third inning against Jason Vargas. He also homered from the left side last Monday in his first game back. Overall, he’s hitting .414 in nine games.
But Crisp is expected to make his biggest offensive impact with his legs, not his power. And that’s what I found most encouraging for the A’s today. In the seventh, he lined what should have been a routine single into right-center, but turned on the jets rounding first and slid in with a double. It was a good test for his hamstring, and the A’s hope it’s a preview of what he’ll do on the bases during the regular season.
The A’s timed all of their players Monday in a 20-yard dash drill, which they do every spring. Crisp clocked a time of 2.82 seconds. He said only Rajai Davis and (surprisingly) Adam Rosales beat him.
As for the surgery Crisp had on both shoulders last summer, he said he’s coming along well in that department. But keep your fingers crossed, as you should with all of the A’s players coming back from injury …