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A's put SS Crosby on 15-day DL, recall Murphy from Triple-A

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics injury-prone shortstop
Bobby Crosby was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with
a two non-displaced fractures in his left hand, the latest in a
series of mishaps that have frustrated the 2004 AL Rookie of the
year.

Crosby was hit by a fastball from right-hander
Justin Speier in
the eighth inning of the A's 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. It's the
fifth time he has gone on the DL in the last three seasons.

"It's not a great place to get hit," Crosby said. "I haven't
looked at the tape yet, and I don't know if I want to. But from
what I hear, it's not too pretty. When I got the X-rays, I could
see that there were lines on both those bones that weren't natural.
But I'm trying to be as positive as I can. It could be worse."

It was only the second time Crosby was hit by a pitch all
season, and only the third time since the start of the 2005
campaign.

"With two strikes, you're trying to protect [the outside part
of the plate] and trying to wait as long as possible to see the
spin on the ball," Crosby said. "If you get jammed, so be it. But
sometimes when that happens, and the pitch is up and in, it's going
to get you. I tried to wait as long as possible to see if it was
going to be a slider or fastball."

Crosby, 27, was limited to 186 of 324 games over the previous
two seasons because of an assortment of injuries. This was the
first time in three years that he survived Opening Day without
getting hurt.

"I don't know what it is. I told a lot of people that my main
goal coming in was being healthy and playing the whole season,"
Crosby said. "I felt really confident that I was going to get
through this whole year and not have any hiccups. I mean, you can
only do so much in order to prepare -- and then you get hit by a
fastball in the hand. I don't know what to say. It's the most
depressing thing ever."

In 2005, Crosby sustained stress fractures in his ribs in the
season opener and missed the next 49 games. Last year on opening
day, he tried to tag out the Yankees' Robinson Cano as he tried to
steal second base. But Crosby ended up with a laceration on his
left index finger that kept him on the bench for the next four
games.

A fractured left ankle sidelined Crosby for 32 games in 2005.
Last season he went on the disabled list with a lower back strain,
then played in four games before he was back on the DL with the
same injury. In 93 games this season, he is hitting just .226 with
eight homers and 31 RBIs.

"To go through what I did last year, then have my struggles
this year, then finally feel like I've figured something out and
then go down again, it's indescribable how depressing it is," said
Crosby, Oakland's first pick in the June 2001 draft. "I did all I
could in the off-season and during the season trying to stay
healthy. Yesterday was the first day in probably about a month and
a half where I felt great at the plate and felt like I had figured
something out."

Crosby is the sixth Oakland player currently on the disabled
list. The Athletics have used the DL 18 times this season -- the
most since 1997, when they used it 21 times. They entered
Wednesday's game 9 1-2 games out of first place after winning the
first two games of a three-game series with the AL West-leading
Angels.

"It couldn't happen at a worse time," Crosby said. "I mean,
we looked great the last couple of nights. This is the time where
we normally get hot -- and we are going to get hot. But once again,
I have to sit down and watch it. I thought I was all done with this
stuff."

To replace Crosby on the 25-man roster, the A's recalled
infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A Sacramento.