Oakland A's: Yoenis Cespedes Singles and Plays Left Field in First Rehab Game

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IMay 29, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 25:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the fourteenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at O.co Coliseum on April 25, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 5-4 in the fourteenth inning. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Oakland A's continue to count down the days until Yoenis Cespedes returns to the big leagues. The A's are 7-13 since Cespedes went on the DL May 7 and have lost their last six games.

He played his first rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and finished the game 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout. It is a good sign that he had a base hit in his first game, despite the fact that he struck out.

If anything, the strikeout might be a glimpse that he is on the right track considering he was averaging more than a strikeout per game this season with the A's.

The most interesting was that he started in left field. Not much can be made of it at this point, but if he continues to start games in left, then perhaps something more is going on.

The talented Cuban defector's return will come on Friday for Oakland, but in the meantime he will continue to work on a few things in the minors.

Cespedes has also taken the time on the DL to work on the way he has been holding the bat, as the team feel as though the grip he has on the bat may have contributed to the strained muscle in his left hand.

The A's can only hope that Cespedes can remain healthy the rest of the season. He will be pivotal to their success as they try to turn their season around.

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