PHOENIX -- A quiet Wednesday morning at A's camp was interrupted by the news that outfielder Coco Crisp was arrested just hours prior on suspicion of drunk driving in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Crisp did not address the media, but the A's issued the following statement regarding the matter:
"Coco Crisp was arrested and detained early this morning under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released from the city of Scottsdale jail this morning and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on time for pregame drills. The A's are aware of the situation and take such matters seriously. The team and Coco will have no further comment until further details are available."
Crisp was reportedly stopped by police at 2:15 a.m. after failing to stay in one lane while driving his Rolls Royce Phantom. Following a series of field sobriety tests, he was arrested without further incident and cited for driving while impaired, failure to drive in a single lane, an expired California registration and no proof of current insurance.
Crisp, 31, was seen on the field in uniform during workouts Wednesday. Ironically, the team started the day gathered in a Major League Baseball security meeting -- an annual Spring Training assembly that touches on the importance of behavior away from the field.
Crisp did not play in Wednesday's contest against his former Indians team, as scheduled, and left the facilities before the game ended. He'll be back in the lineup for Thursday's road contest against the Brewers, manager Bob Geren said.
The A's skipper declined further comment, simply saying, "The statement speaks for all of us at this point."
Crisp, who had his $5.75 million club option picked up this offseason following an injury-plagued 2010 season in which he appeared in just 75 games, is slated to be the club's Opening Day center fielder and play an integral offensive role at the top of the lineup.
The sociable outfielder, who regularly communicates with fans via his Twitter account, has never shied away from posting tweets about his nightlife. He informed his followers of an impending root-canal procedure on Tuesday afternoon, but he has not tweeted since.