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At least this isn't one of the many lower-body injuries that have plagued him in recent years, which bodes well for when he can actually return. He has scuffled a bit with a .194 clip and a .228 BABIP in 67 at-bats, and you have to wonder how much of that was related to his sicknesses. Expect better things from the speedster after his health rebounds.
During Crisp's recent spells on the sidelines, lefty stick Seth Smith and righty lumberjack Jonny Gomes have seen more work - sometimes in platoon, sometimes simultaneously in the lineup. Expect that to continue and give them at least temporary deep mixed relevance, especially if you play the pitching matchups. This also bodes well for 1B and DH at-bats for Kila Ka'aihue, who looks to be passing the glove-centric Daric Barton on the depth chart.
One caveat for Gomes is that Oakland could mix in right-handed bat Michael Taylor, whom they called up to replace Crisp on the roster. Taylor has trampled Triple-A pitching at Sacramento so far: .347/.390/.547 with two homers, 18 RBIs and six stolen bags in 95 at-bats. He's walking less often, but he's not striking out as much, either.
The athletic 6-foot-5, 255-pounder probably has little left to prove at the minors' highest level. His 30-game stint with the big club last year hardly provided a development opportunity. At age 26, he's not a prospect, and he'll soon need to display the power-speed upside he has carried for the last few years to earn regular time in Oakland or someone else.
Taylor is likely owned in most AL-onlys; rectify that if he isn't in yours. He'll be a frustrating asset for deep mixed owners, but those that require five starting outfielders should at least monitor his playing time. If cavernous players have space and the desire to be proactive, his raw talent, which is slowly but surely gaining polish, could warrant a low-commitment speculation.
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