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Postgame notes on Gio Gonzalez, and a Coco Crisp update

I think the A’s would have been happy were they told before the season that they’d go 6-4 out of the gate against the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels. But after they dropped the final two games of this road trip at Safeco Field, there’s a feeling they could have accomplished bigger things.

“We won six of them and we could have won a couple more,” manager Bob Geren said.

Some updates from the postgame locker room scene:

–You may have noticed Gio Gonzalez was pitching with the initials “VM” written on his cap. That was a tribute to his girlfriend, Valerie Mathias, who was seriously injured in a car accident Saturday night in Anaheim. She’s in a San Diego hospital right now. Although Gonzalez said she has no memory of the accident, she’s recovering.

As if that wasn’t enough, Gonzalez said he was still mourning the loss of another friend, Raul Rodriguez, who was killed in a car accident two weeks ago in Gonzalez’s hometown of Hialeah, Fla.

Who knew Gonzalez was dealing with this when he went to the mound tonight? It’s no wonder he wasn’t as sharp as in his first start. His 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday was the shortest outing of any A’s starter this season.

–I spoke with outfielder Coco Crisp after the game. He’s scheduled to have his fractured left pinkie examined Friday, and that could provide a more specific timetable for his return. “I’ll get X-rays and we’ll see how it’s coming along,” he said. As it stands, Crisp still believes he’ll miss anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks from the date of his injury, which was April 2.

Crisp is doing agility work and he’s throwing to keep his surgically repaired shoulder in shape. But he’s found another way to stay sharp. Since he can’t catch with his normal glove hand (the left), he’s borrowed one of Gonzalez’s gloves and is shagging flies with his right hand. I guess that makes him a “switch fielder.”

With that, I’m out …

Joe Stiglich