The Oakland Athletics lost two starting players to the disabled list after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 10-8 in 19 innings Tuesday night. Both starting pitcher Brett Anderson and starting outfielder Coco Crisp will miss at least 15 days with a sprained ankle and an injured hamstring, respectively. To replace them, Oakland has called up pitcher Dan Straily and catcher Luke Montz.
Anderson, 25, was originally scheduled to start Tuesday's game, but was scratched to rest the ankle, reports the San Jose Mercury News. When the game went long, however, the Athletics called him out of the bullpen and he would end up throwing over five innings. During his outing, he felt the sprain return.
Anderson has had a number of medical woes over his career, including Tommy John surgery that cost him much of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. When healthy, Anderson has shown the potential to dominate hitters. In 2010, when he was just 22 years old, Anderson maintained a 2.80 ERA over 19 starts.
Crisp, 33, sustained more of a fluke injury during the game last night. During the 13th inning, he came up favoring his hamstring trying to beat out a grounder. He had been in the midst of a very nice year, posting a .943 OPS through 19 games.
Straily, 24, will immediately slot into Anderson's spot in the rotation. He impressed during a seven start stint at the end of 2012 as well as in one start at the beginning of 2013, but struggled in a spot start on April 29. In three minor league starts this season, Straily has allowed just two total earned runs.
Career minor leaguer Montz, 29, is in his first year with Oakland after spending time with five other organizations over the past eleven years. He has improved his hitting lines the past three years and is currently having a career year in Triple-A. Over 15 games, he has a 1.085 OPS. He has primarily played catcher, but has spent time at first base and outfield in his career as well.
The Athletics are likely to play Chris Young in center field while Crisp is out. It's also possible Yoenis Cespedes could patrol center for a few games.