TEMPE, Ariz. — This early in spring training, the A’s want to be careful with even the slightest twinge.
Especially on a chilly afternoon with temperatures in the upper 50s.
Chris Young doubled home a run before leaving with a leg cramp in Oakland’s 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Seth Smith had two RBIs and Coco Crisp added a pair of hits for the A’s in a game that took 3 hours, 44 minutes.
Young doubled and scored in the first inning but got a cramp in his quadriceps while running down a fly ball in the bottom half and was removed as a precaution.
“It’s a cramp more than anything else,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin, adding that Young would be back on the field in two days. “He had a nice hit. He made a nice play. It’s something you don’t mess around with.”
Oakland starter Travis Blackley allowed three hits in a scoreless inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Tommy Field in the first but picked him off.