OAKLAND -- The A's roster issues were front and center again Wednesday with the news that center fielder Coco Crisp and top starting pitcher Brett Anderson had to be put on the 15-day disabled list.

Both moves can be traced to Monday's 19-inning 10-8 victory over the Angels. Crisp hurt his left hamstring running out a grounder in the 13th inning.

Catcher Luke Montz was called up to fill Crisp's spot in the lineup. And Monday starter Dan Straily, who was sent down Tuesday, was on the other side of the yo-yo when he was brought back to take Anderson's spot in the rotation.

Anderson, who was supposed to skip Monday's start to rest his sprained right ankle, instead entered the game in the 13th inning and wound up pitching 51/3 innings, allowing one run. Near the end of his stint, he felt the sprain pain return.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a hamstring injury. ((AP Photo/Winslow Townson))

Replacing Anderson may ultimately prove easier than Crisp. The club doesn't have another seasoned leadoff hitter, which is why shortstop Jed Lowrie, who was the A's cleanup hitter when Yoenis Cespedes was on the disabled list, was the leadoff hitter against Angels' lefty C.J. Wilson Wednesday.

Catcher John Jaso is likely to be the leadoff man against right-handed pitching with Crisp .283, five homers, eight steals and a team-best 24 runs scored) out.

"Coco came in yesterday and there was some discoloration," manager Bob Melvin said. "He wasn't able to run and he was having trouble walking. We hope it's going to be right about 15 days. In the past he hasn't been a guy who's needed injury rehab games, so it would be good to get him back right about then"


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Anderson (1-4, 6.21) might have avoided the disabled list if he hadn't pitched Monday, but he said he has no regrets.

"You're always disappointed to go on the disabled list, especially with my (injury) history," he said. "but I feel good about stepping up big for the team."

Melvin said that "we don't win that game without Brett," and said there was a hidden blessing in the injury.

"It's helped us determine that if it's going to crop up every fifth day (when Anderson pitches), it would keep cropping up," the manager said. "It was a gutsy performance, but we need to get him some rest to get this under control."

Both the manager and the pitcher head into this stint on the disabled list believing that Anderson should be good to go after 15 days. Meanwhile, Straily could get three starts in Anderson's place.