Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has a lower triceps strain that will keep him out of spring games for at least Monday and Tuesday, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. He is considered day-to-day beyond then. Crisp exited Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox after the second inning with "what he described as elbow soreness."
Billy Burns is the listed left fielder for today's game against the Rangers in Surprise at 1:00 PM PDT/MST, which is a 100-mile round trip from the A's training facility in Fitch Park on Interstate-10 and Loop 303. Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks in Mesa shows Mark Canha in left field.
Stephen Vogt starting behind the plate
Catcher Stephen Vogt will make his first spring game appearance Monday afternoon, starting behind the plate. Vogt had been recovering from offseason foot surgery to deal with a problem that had limited his appearances on defense to first base in the second half of the 2014 campaign. The original plan had been to ease Vogt into games by having him start as the designated hitter, but he was cleared to catch in competitive games instead.
Sean Nolin throwing again
Starting pitcher Sean Nolin is resuming a throwing program after recovery from sports hernia surgery abruptly halted his progress at the start of spring training, writes John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group:
#Athletics LHP Sean Nolin threw 30 pitches on flat ground Sunday and will do same tomorrow as he comes back from sports hernia surgery.— John Hickey (@JHickey3) March 9, 2015
Nolin had been in the mix for a spot in the back of the rotation until he had to stop throwing, and could still be a candidate for a midseason call up when the A's need one.