True to form, Crisp sees no point in talking about injury

Coco Crisp will need some time off after neck problems flared up Tuesday.

Coco Crisp will need some time off after neck problems flared up Tuesday.

You won’t see any quotes from Coco Crisp about the status of his sore neck anywhere today.

Crisp makes it clear he has no interest in talking about injuries, now or ever.

He’s felt like that for a long time, that there’s nothing to be gained by getting into it.

“It just doesn’t make sense to me to talk about it,’’ he said after Tuesday’s 3-0 over Tampa Bay. Crisp had a big day – two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored – but a recurrence of the neck injury that troubled him mid-month sent him to the bench in the sixth inning.

“There are people you can go to to ask about (his injuries). The manager will tell you what he knows.’’

The trouble is the manager, Bob Melvin, doesn’t know much yet because the A’s are going to have to wait until Wednesday to see how Crisp is feeling.

No matter how he’s feeling, he’s unlikely to play with the combination of a left-handed pitcher (Erik Bedard) and the troublesome artificial turn in Tropicana Field suggesting a day off would be a good thing for Crisp no matter how he might be feeling.

Crisp had been in a bit of an offensive funk, but he broke out with a double Saturday in Cleveland. He had just two hits in the series, but walked five times and scored four runs

“You are going to be up and down,’’ the center fielder said. “right now it’s a roller coaster ride. It’s a long season. Just keep battling.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.