TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -Oakland Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby was dropped from the starting lineup for Monday's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels due to back spasms.
Crosby, who missed the final two months of 2006 with a fractured vertebrae in his back, was working out with the team in the morning when he started experiencing tightness.
``His upper back spasmed up a little bit while he was taking grounders,'' said manager Bob Geren, who spoke with assistant general manager David Forst for nearly 10 minutes before talking to reporters. ``He's OK. It's no big deal.''
Crosby has not played a full season since being voted AL Rookie of the Year in 2004. The 28-year-old played through rib and ankle fractures in 2005, missed 66 games in 2006 with a fractured vertebrae in his back, then sat out the final 62 games last season with a broken left hand after being hit by a fastball from the Angels' Justin Speier on July 24.
Crosby hit a career-low .226 last year with eight homer and 31 RBIs.

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