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Crisp is not in the lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

This looks like nothing more than a routine day off for Crisp, who hasn't fared particularly well against Phillies starter Jerome Williams (4-for-21). Crisp will yield center field and leadoff duties to Sam Fuld following 14 consecutive starts.

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Crisp was 0-for-4 on Friday night to drop his average on the season to .254.

As Coco goes, usually so does the A's, so it is no coincidence that they are both in the tank in the second half. Crisp is under .200 since the All-Star Break with only two homers and three steals in 151 at-bats. Crisp has had a neck issue that has bugged him most of the year, but he is clearly not helping the A's or fantasy owners down the stretch this season.

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Crisp went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases Saturday in the A's win over Houston.

After returning to the lineup Friday night, Crisp has already made an impact with a 3-for-9 stretch at the plate along with three steals in the last two games. The usual caveats apply, but he appears to be healthy again after a five-game absence.

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Crisp (neck) is back in the lineup Friday against the Astros.

The 34-year-old's most recent setback with his neck cost him five games, but he'll slot back in atop the order Friday against lefty Brett Oberholtzer. Crisp is 1-for-7 in his career against Oberholtzer and is batting just .245/.306/.418 from the right side this season.

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The Athletics hope to have Crisp back by Friday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Crisp injured his neck running into the wall last Friday, and has been out of the lineup since. He should return to the top of the order and everyday center field duties when he come back.

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Crisp received injections Tuesday to relieve pressure in his neck, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Crisp strained his neck after crashing into the outfield wall last Friday, the second time this season he has done so. The neck issues have been recurring for Crisp since he suffered his initial strain in May, but he's hoping the injections will allow him to return this weekend. Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld figure to share time in center in the interim.

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Crisp (neck) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This is hardly a surprise, as manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that Crisp would require a few more days to heal up after suffering another neck strain Friday night. Perhaps the team will hold Crisp out through Thursday's off day, but a DL stint likely isn't on the table with active rosters now at 40 players.

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Manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Crisp (neck) will likely miss a few more days, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

Crisp will be evaluated more closely on Monday, when the Athletics return to Oakland. He could require an injection to reduce the pain in his neck, which would more than likely keep him out for the entirety of the team's three-game series with the Mariners that begins Monday.

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Crisp (neck) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The perpetually-banged up Crisp hurt himself again Friday night, when he crashed into a wall while attempting to make a catch. The outfielder will miss his second straight game due to the strained neck, putting his availability in question heading into the upcoming week. Don't be surprised if the Athletics give him a few more days to rest, especially with ample depth available in center field in the form of Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry.

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Crisp (neck) is out of the lineup Saturday at the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Crisp suffered a strained neck during a crash into the outfield wall Friday, forcing his first absence since Aug. 12. In the meantime, he's recorded a .206 average (13-for-63), two homers, nine RBI, seven runs, and an 2:5 BB:K. He'll hand over center field to Craig Gentry, who is batting ninth in the order.