Oakland A's: Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon McCarthy Due Back over Weekend

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 30, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 25:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates while running the bases after he 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 are certainly in need of any help that they can get at this point.

They have been dreadful since Yoenis Cespedes went on the DL, losing 14 of 21 games and seven in a row.

The help they need will return over the weekend, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Cespedes will return on Friday and Brandon McCarthy will start on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals:

Melvin says the plan with Cespedes is still to have him join the team Friday. #Athletics

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 30, 2012


Slusser also tweeted, "McCarthy came out of bullpen session well, is a go for Saturday."

The news is nothing but positive in terms of their injured players returning, but is it too late for the A's?

They have been in a free fall in the AL West and appear to be all but out of it. A long winning streak will get them back in contention, but it will not be easy with the L.A. Angels hitting their stride and the Texas Rangers continuing to cruise.

The A's will at least have the guys back in place to see what can happen.

It won't be easy, but it is not impossible.