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Athletics injury update: Coco Crisp, Sean Doolittle, John Jaso, Nick Punto, Kyle Blanks

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A roundup of the injury status of five contributors that could be back by the end of September.

CF Coco Crisp may be available Fri., Sept. 5

On Tuesday, Coco Crisp had trigger point injections on Tuesday to improve the pain in his neck.

Today, Bob Melvin said he's hopeful to have Crisp back by Friday:

The club has missed Crisp's 113 wRC+ since he fell jumping in an attempt to save a Chris Iannetta home run on August 29. The switch-hitting Crisp has been productive on both sides of the plate, with a 104 wRC+ against left-handed pitching, and 117 against right-handed pitching.

LHP Sean Doolittle could return when eligible on Mon., Sept. 8

Sean Doolittle has been throwing progressively longer tosses, getting to 105 feet today:

The A's closer is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday after being placed on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain, September 8 and may be available at that point if there are no setbacks.

C John Jaso improving, but no timetable for return

In a report by Aaron Leibowitz of mlb.com, John Jaso took batting practice on Tuesday, September 2, his first on-field BP since going on the concussion disabled list on August 24. Jaso's concussion symptoms began to return after he took a foul ball off the mask about a couple weeks before then.

If Jaso returns, it is most likely it would be as a designated hitter to try to avoid a season-ending head injury he would be more likely to sustain behind the plate.

The Athletics would like to have Jaso's left-handed bat back, though Adam Dunn has been a shot in the arm for the offense against right-handed pitching. Jaso has a wRC+ of 126 against right-handers.

2B/SS Nick Punto receives cortisone shot, no announced return date

Nick Punto received a cortisone shot earlier this week:

Punto sustained a hamstring injury on August 2 rounding third base in a game against the Kansas City Royals at the Coliseum.

The A's miss Punto's presence in the lineup and on defense against left-handed pitching. While he isn't great against left-handed pitching, he is a lot better than Alberto Callaspo starting at second base against a southpaw:

Middle Infielders vs. LHP, 2014 (thru Sept. 2)
Player Batting wRC+ PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Nick Punto Right 85 102 .247 .314 .323 .637
Jed Lowrie Right 79 114 .228 .289 .342 .631
Alberto Callaspo Right 52 148 .201 .270 .254 .524
Andy Parrino Right 30 19 .118 .211 .235 .446
Eric Sogard Left 20 39 .152 .243 .152 .395

1B/OF Kyle Blanks shut down for awhile

The last update regarding Kyle Blanks came on August 23, when he suffered left Achilles tendinitis during his rehabilitation assignment with the Sacramento River Cats:

Nate Freiman has performed admirably against left-handed pitching in Blanks' stead, with a wRC+ of 155.

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