OAKLAND, Calif. — Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp and left-hander Brett Anderson have been put on the 15-day disabled list.
Oakland selected the contract of catcher Luke Montz from Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League and recalled right-hander Dan Straily from the Triple-A team before Wednesday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.
Crisp strained his left hamstring trying to beat out an infield grounder in the 13th inning of Monday’s 10-8, 19-inning win over the Angels, and the roster move was made retroactive to Tuesday. Anderson aggravated his right ankle in the 18th inning trying to field a ball.
Crisp is hitting .283 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 24 games and is second in the AL with 24 runs. Anderson is 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA in six games.
Montz has not played in the major leagues since 2008 with Washington.
Chairman threatens to move team from Wrigley: In Chicago, the owner of the Cubs for the first time publicly threatened to move the team out of Wrigley Field if his plans for a big, new video screen are blocked, saying Wednesday he needs new advertising revenue to help bankroll a $500 million renovation of the ballpark.
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts until now had said nothing as dire, despite months of contentious negotiations over how to keep everyone happy in sprucing up the 99-year-old stadium in the heart of Wrigleyville on Chicago’s North Side.
“The fact is that if we don’t have the ability to generate revenue in our own outfield, we’ll have to take a look at moving — no question,” Ricketts told reporters after outlining renovation plans to Chicago business leaders.
He added that he remains committed to working out a deal.
The thorniest issue is the plan for a 6,000-square-foot video screen over left field, a common feature in many major league ballparks. The difference is that Wrigley Field is surrounded by privately owned clubs with rooftop bleachers whose owners object to any changes that could block their bird’s-eye views into the stadium.
The rooftop businesses have been left out of discussions on the proposed upgrade, but they feel they should have a seat at the bargaining table because they have a contract in which they share 17 percent of their revenue with the Cubs. Legal action is a possibility.
Garza pitches in rehab start: In Pearl, Miss., Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza pitched 2.2 innings in his first rehabilitation start, giving up one run, one hit and two walks for Double-A Tennessee against Mississippi.
The 29-year-old right-hander threw 42 pitches, three short of his limit, on a soggy afternoon after a 1½-hour rain delay.
His fastball ranged from 89 to 92 miles per hour for most of the outing, and he threw 17 balls and 25 strikes.
Garza last pitched for the Cubs on July 21, missing the rest of the season with an elbow injury.
Lyles to be recalled, start Thursday: Jordan Lyles will be recalled from the minors by the Houston Astros to start Thursday night against the Detroit Tigers.
Astros manager Bo Porter announced the decision Wednesday. Houston had an open spot in the rotation after demoting Brad Peacock to the bullpen this week.
Drafted 38th overall in June 2008, the 22-year-old Lyles made 40 major league starts over the past two seasons and was 7-20 with a 5.20 ERA in 45 games overall. The right-hander was expected to be a member of the rotation this year but pitched so poorly in spring training that he was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he is 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA in six outings.
Rondon sent back to Triple A: The Detroit Tigers sent right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon back to the minors, optioning him to Triple-A Toledo after Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to Minnesota.
Rondon came on in the seventh inning against the Twins and got only one out. He allowed two runs, two hits and two walks.
Earlier Wednesday, the Tigers put left-hander Phil Coke on the 15-day disabled list. Coke has been bothered by a left groin strain, and he went on the DL retroactive to April 26.