The A's won the longest game in their history, a six-hour, 32-minute affair against the Angels Monday, but they keep losing players to the disabled list because of that 19-inning marathon, most recently outfielder Chris Young.
The A's put Young on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin problem, which makes him the third A's player to be disabled after having participated in that game, joining left-handed starter Brett Anderson (right sprained ankle) and center fielder Coco Crisp (left hamstring).
Young tried to run and test his leg Friday, but it was less than he'd hoped.
The A's called up outfielder Michael Taylor for the third time in just the first six weeks of the season to take Young's place on the roster. Taylor figures to start against left-handed pitching.
"I was jogging fine, but I can't turn it up; it's not ready,'' Young said. "If I can't steal bases and play the outfield, my value is not as high. They decided to make a move. We're hoping I can come back at 100 percent instead of a 75 percent. I understand the move.''
Manager Bob Melvin said he never recalled losing three players to the disabled list in one game "especially significant guys'' like this group.
The trio comprise three of the four most highly paid A's players, and they are fully one-third of the A's $61 million payroll with Young at $8.5 million, Crisp at $7 million and Anderson at $5.5 million for a total of $21 million.