Conor Jackson to the DL; Coco Crisp back in A’s lineup; Matt Watson earns long-awaited return to majors

The Coliseum is gradually filling up, but there’s still plenty of empty seats in the second deck as we approach first pitch of the A’s-Yankees series opener.

A quick update of the day’s happenings:

–The A’s placed left fielder Conor Jackson on the DL with a strained right hamstring, not a surprise considering he had missed the past few games. His stint is retroactive to July 1, meaning he’s eligible to come off when the A’s resume play after the All-Star break. To bolster their outfield depth, the A’s called up Matt Carson and Matt Watson from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned right-hander Clayton Mortensen to Sacramento. Watson needed to be added to the 40-man roster, so Travis Buck was transferred to the 60-day DL. Pretty nice story for Watson, 31, who last played in the big leagues with the A’s in 2005. Since then, his journey has taken him to Japan as well as several minor league stops, but he’s back in the majors now.

–Coco Crisp went through pregame drills and his groin was OK, so he’s in the lineup tonight at leadoff.

–Check out tomorrow’s A’s notebook at contracostatimes.com for some reaction from Dallas Braden and Alex Rodriguez about A-Rod’s first return to the Coliseum since his infamous trot across the pitcher’s mound.

Tonight’s lineups:

A’s: Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Gross LF, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS; Sheets RHP.

Yankees: Gardner LF, Jeter SS, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Cano 2B, Swisher DH, Granderson CF, Cervelli C, Curtis RF; Vazquez RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • Easy move to put CoJack on the DL. Still interested to see what happens with Gross, Crisp, Davis, and Cojack when they are all out there for a long period. Lately it seems as though Crisp has separated himself.

  • JackStraw

    Was at the game last night. Wondering why the USA Flag was at half mast in left field…For 4th of July it should be flown full mast for our independence. Nobody at the stadium could explain why…

  • scott no2

    It’s ok to have so many outfielders. because at any 1 time, there will be 1 or 2 of them on the DL.

  • qodrn

    Remeber Senator Byrd? Third in line to the Presidency who just died? That’s why the flag is at half mast.