DETROIT -- For his efforts in offering aide to the victims of this year's devastating Colorado fires, right-hander Brandon McCarthy has been selected as the A's nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contribution to their team," according to a release.

McCarthy and his wife, Amanda, both of whom attended Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, raised more than $18,000 to help those who were displaced during the June fires through an autograph session and a silent auction before an A's game in June. Moreover, they set up an online auction soon after, one that featured autographed memorabilia from players across the league.

All proceeds from these events went to the Pikes Peak Chapter American Red Cross in Colorado Springs, as well as the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

Fans are encouraged to vote for McCarthy, and each of the other 29 nominees, by visiting mlb.com/ClementeAward through Oct. 14. Those who do will automatically be registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the Clemente winner will be announced.

The award's sponsor, Chevrolet, has promised a donation of $7,500 in the name of each recipient to the charity of the player's choice. McCarthy picked the DFW Rescue Me foundation, whose goal is to reduce the number of animals euthanized in Dallas, where he and Amanda reside in the offseason.

McCarthy, who is away from the A's as he continues his recovery from brain surgery, will be recognized as the A's nominee for this prestigious award during an on-field ceremony prior to Oakland's 7:05 PT game against the Mariners on Sept. 28.

Lingering pink eye forces Crisp from game

DETROIT -- A's outfielder Coco Crisp hasn't fully recovered from a case of pink eye affecting both of his eyes, yet he insisted on returning to the starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener in Detroit.

"As we know Coco, he's going to do everything he can to play," manager Bob Melvin said. "From what I understand, it's an inconvenience and it's somewhat bothersome, but we certainly wouldn't put him in a position at where he was at risk. Earlier in the day, he was good enough to make the lineup out."

But by the fourth inning, Crisp had left the game, after experiencing complications with the existing eye issue. Chris Carter hit for Crisp and remained in the game at first base, while starting first baseman Brandon Moss moved to right field and Josh Reddick shifted from right to center.

"He wasn't seeing the ball 100 percent, and I certainly don't want to put anyone in a bad position," Melvin said. "Your eyes are certainly very important in this game, and if you're not seeing the spin on the ball, there could be some danger involved."

Crisp has been dealing with the issue for nearly a week and, per his Twitter account, relayed to followers on Monday that he even traveled separately from the team to Detroit, given the highly contagious nature of the infection. On Tuesday, he was seen wearing protective sunglasses in the clubhouse.

Crisp's significance to the team is unmatched, when considering what he lends the A's at the top of the lineup, where he serves as a sparkplug and offers plenty speed. Over his last 21 games, he's batting just .233, but 10 of his 20 hits have been for extra bases, and he's scored 12 runs in that time.