Back strain puts A's shortstop Crosby on DL

Updated: August 5, 2006, 1:01 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- The Oakland Athletics placed shortstop Bobby Crosby on the disabled list Friday, believing rest is the best remedy for his strained lower back.

Infielder D'Angelo Jimenez was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to take Crosby's spot, and the A's designated left-hander Randy Keisler for assignment to clear a place on the 40-man roster for Jimenez.

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This is Crosby's first trip to the DL this season, although he has missed 15 games with a variety of injuries. Crosby first injured his back in Detroit on July 21, and missed the next two games. He returned on July 24, but hit just .200 over the next six games. He sat out all three games of the A's series against the Los Angeles Angels earlier this week.

"He's got a bunch of things bothering him, and they've all contributed, I'm sure," A's manager Ken Macha said. "Not being 100 percent kind of wears on you. Perhaps this will be a big help to him; get him whole and get back in there."

Crosby also missed time this season with a laceration on his finger (four games), a strained right triceps (three games) and a bruised right hand (three games). He was twice placed on the DL last season with stress fractures in his ribs and a broken right ankle and played in just 84 games.

The 2004 AL rookie of the year was hitting .229 with nine homers and 38 RBI in 92 games this season. Over the last 32 games, Crosby's hitting .179.

Trainer Larry Davis said the biggest key for Crosby is just getting time off from swinging the bat and the physical demands of playing shortstop. Macha believes Crosby should be ready to come off the DL when he's eligible on Aug. 15.

"There is nothing overly concerning that this will be a long stay," Davis said.

Jimenez was signed to a minor league contract by the A's on June 23, after he was designated for assignment by Texas. Jimenez hit .211 in 20 games with the Rangers but was given his full release by Texas on June 16.

At Sacramento, Jimenez was hitting .303 in 28 games with three homers and 21 RBI.

"I'm happy just to get a shot," Jimenez said.

Oakland left-handers Joe Kennedy and Scott Sauerbeck threw simulated games on Friday. Macha was pleased with how each pitched and said the plan is for both to throw at Sacramento on Monday and then at Single-A Stockton on Wednesday.

Kennedy has been on the DL since May 11 with left shoulder soreness and Sauerbeck since July 26 with a strained right groin. Sauerbeck is eligible to come off the DL Aug. 10.

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