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Coco Crisp has 'chronic, degenerative changes' in neck from collision

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An MRI given to Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp revealed he has some ''chronic, degenerative changes" in his neck that stem from when he collided with the outfield wall during a May 7 game, according to Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.

A's trainer Nick Paparesta said Crisp has been dealing with "on-and-off symptoms" since the collision, which occurred at O.co Coliseum after Crisp ran into a beam instead of the padded wall in center field. 

Oakland will not put Crisp on the disabled list right now, and are hoping he will be able to return to the lineup soon. Having missed three straight games, he will remain in the Bay Area until the A's return from their road trip on Friday. 

Paparesta said the injury is something they expect Crisp to be battling "for the rest of the season," and A's manager Bob Melvin hopes resting the outfielder for a bit will make a difference.

"Obviously the rest here the last couple of days has the potential to help him," Melvin said. "They're trying to figure out how to alleviate some of the issues he's having. Whether it's medication or whatever."

Crisp is a switch-hitter, and his symptoms have mostly been on the right side of his neck, meaning most issues for the 34-year-old come when he bats from the left side.

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Through 80 games, Crisp is hitting .274 with seven home runs and 32 RBI this season for the first-place Athletics.

- Molly Geary

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