A's lose leadoff hitter Crisp with season looming

Oakland Athletics leadoff hitter Coco Crisp has fractured his left pinkie and will begin the season on the disabled list.

The switch-hitting Crisp was injured Friday while making a headfirst dive while trying to steal second base against San Francisco. He was hit on the hand by Giants second baseman Jose Uribe’s glove and was called out.

The initial diagnosis was a dislocated finger, but X-rays of Crisp’s hand revealed the fracture.

Crisp signed with Oakland in the offseason and was coming off surgery to both shoulders. He was slowed by a tender hamstring early this spring and didn’t play the outfield until late March.

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