A’s place Crisp on DL, recall Powell

The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

Crisp signed with the A's as a free agent in the offseason, but began the season on the disabled list because of a fractured pinky finger. He was activated on Friday and played in two games, going 2 for 6 as the leadoff hitter, before developing a strained muscle in his chest.

"Every injury is a different situation. The good news with this one it isn't a real long one, so he'll be back,'' manager Bob Geren said before the A's faced the Baltimore Orioles. "He's a very good player; he does a lot of things to help a team win. That's obviously why we signed him.''

With Crisp out of the lineup, the Athletics have alternated between Cliff Pennington and Rajai Davis at the top of the lineup.

"The leadoff spot hasn't been solidified since Opening Day,'' Geren said. "We have given a few guys a try. There have been a few sparks there, but nothing consistent.''

Crisp did not play Sunday or Monday, so Wednesday's move is retroactive to May 23.

Oakland recalled catcher Landon Powell from Triple-A Sacramento to fill out the roster. Powell hit .231 with two doubles and three RBIs in 13 games during his previous stints this season with the A's. He also caught Dallas Braden's perfect game on May 9.