On Monday, the same day that Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton returned to the lineup after experiencing blurred vision, A’s outfielder Coco Crisp was ruled out with eye issues of his own--namely, pink eye.
Obviously, this is a huge series. After losing the first game in Arlington on Monday night, Oakland is five games back of Texas in the American League West race, and A’s manager Bob Melvin knows that the loss of Crisp--however long he remains sidelined--deals a huge blow to the team’s chances of catching up with Texas, who have spent most of the year on top of the division.
“He is integral for us,” Melvin said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He does a lot of things for us. He’s our igniter against good pitching.”
Of course, Melvin also knows that by Crisp might not be able to return until after this series with Texas, who are trying to lock down their third consecutive division crown. Which makes this a classic, and for A’s fans regrettable, case of bad timing.
“I hold out hope every day, but we’re not seeing much progress,” Melvin said. “He’s having a tough time getting any traction with it.”