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May 1, 2013
A's, Angels lineups: Crisp, Anderson to DL; Montz, Straily up

OAKLAND -- The A's were thrilled to win the longest game in Oakland history on Monday night, but it ended up costing them a couple of key pieces for the next two weeks. The A's placed Coco Crisp (strained left hamstring) and Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle) on the 15-day disabled list today, Crisp retroactive to April 30 (yesterday) and Anderson effective today.

Crisp was injured running out a ground ball in the 13th inning of that game. Manager Bob Melvin said Crisp had discoloration in the area yesterday, couldn't run and was having a little trouble walking, so the prudent move was to put him on the DL. Melvin said the A's are hopeful Crisp will be able to return after 15 days.

Anderson had already sprained the ankle -- and was in fact scratched from starting what ended up being the A's 10-8 19-inning win Monday -- before throwing 5 1/3 innings of relief in the game, coming out only after he felt discomfort in the ankle again. Melvin said the A's actually got a better idea of Anderson's status because of that outing -- they realized just skipping one of his starts might not be enough to let Anderson fully recover.

"Our feeling is we just need to try to knock this out," Melvin said.

Anderson reiterated he doesn't think pitching in the game made the ankle any worse. He said it's better to try to heal completely rather than hamper the staff by pitching every fifth day knowing he might feel the ankle after three or four innings.

"I needed to step up for the bullpen's sake the other day and do a job there, but now it's time to let this thing kind of heal up once and for all to where hopefully I can stay healthy and pitch good," Anderson said.

He said he has no regrets over the relief outing. Melvin said the A's likely wouldn't have won the game without Anderson's contribution -- he allowed just one run in the 5 1/3 and kept the A's from having to use their final reliever, Jerry Blevins, until the 18th inning. Blevins was supposed to have the night off anyway, and had the A's needed to go to him earlier it would also have meant going earlier to an emergency situation with a position player -- Seth Smith, it turned out -- on the mound.

"Just trying to be a good teammate, step up when we needed it," Anderson said. "I did that and now I can kind of get the rest I need. It was one of those things where you just have to kind of do your part, and that's the way it worked out."

The A's recalled Dan Straily from Triple-A for Anderson and called up Luke Montz, a catcher and first baseman who is batting .283 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 15 games with Triple-A Sacramento. Montz is in the starting lineup today, but hadn't been seen in the clubhouse as of 11:20 a.m. First pitch is at 12:35 p.m.

Here's the full A's lineup today, assuming Montz makes it here in time:

2B Lowrie
C Norris
LF Smith
CF Cespedes
3B Donaldson
1B Freiman
RF Reddick
DH Montz
SS Rosales

P Milone

Lowrie is back in after getting the day off yesterday to rest his strained neck. He played all 19 innings Monday night, but said the neck is feeling better today. Brandon Moss gets the day off against left-hander, although Melvin said that was a tough decision given how Moss has been swinging the bat.

The Angels' lineup will look like this against A's lefty Tommy Milone:

SS Aybar
CF Trout
1B Pujols
RF Trumbo
DH Hamilton
2B Kendrick
3B Jimenez
C Conger
LF Shuck

* One quick note -- Melvin said the decision to call up Montz was based largely on organization reports that he's hitting left-handed pitching particularly well. Montz played his last major-league game in 2008, during a brief September call-up with the Washington Nationals. In his final game, on Sept. 28, he hit a home run against the Phillies.

-- Matt Kawahara

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About Bay Area Baseball

Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
Email: mkawahara@sacbee.com.
Phone: (916) 321-1015.
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