Updates from Tuesday, April 29
#Athletics vs. LH Perez: Crisp CF, Lowrie SS, Donaldson 3B, Cespedes DH, Norris C, Callaspo 1B, Gentry LF, Reddick RF, Punto 2B; Kazmir P— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) April 29, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 28
Yoenis Cespedes is not in the lineup for Monday's game vs. Texas, the team confirmed on its Twitter account:
Jane Lee of MLB.com had more on Cespedes:
Melvin says the plan is for Cespedes to start tomorrow if all goes well with his running drills today.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) April 28, 2014
After the A's 4-0 win over the Rangers, Lee provided an update on Cespedes for tomorrow's game:
Melvin says Cespedes is 50-50 for tomorrow.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) April 29, 2014
Updates from Sunday, April 27
John Hickey of InsideBayArea.com confirms Yoenis Cespedes will not play today:
Susan Slusser of SFGate.com previously provided a synopsis of A's manager Bob Melvin discussing Cespedes' injury status:
Yoenis Céspedes did some running before the game to test his left hamstring strain, and Melvin said that he might have considered using Céspedes off the bench in the right situation, but that he's unlikely to start Sunday.
Updates from Friday, April 25
MLBLineups confirms Yoenis Cespedes will sit out for the Athletics:
4/25 @Athletics lineup vs. HOU Crisp CF Jaso C Lowrie SS Donaldson 3B Moss LF Callaspo DH Reddick RF Barton 1B Sogard 2B Chavez P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) April 25, 2014
Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes exited Thursday night's 10-1 victory over the Houston Astros in the seventh inning after suffering what appears to be a left hamstring injury.
Cespedes was injured while racing down the first base line for an infield single. He was attended to on the field by the training staff and attempted to walk off the pain before being taken out of the game. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle indicated the injury will likely cause Cespedes to rest a couple days, though no firm timetable has been established:
Left hamstring for Cespedes, will miss a few games.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 25, 2014
It seems unlikely at the moment that Cespedes will hit the disabled list. Josh Reddick, who initially had been given the night off, ran for Cespedes and later replaced him in the field. Craig Gentry, Reddick's replacement Thursday night, should get a lion's share of the time for the duration of Cespedes' absence.
The Athletics' victory stopped a three-game losing skid after the rival Texas Rangers came into O.co Coliseum and pulled off a surprising sweep. Oakland has actually been more successful away from home in the season's first month, compiling an 8-2 road record.
Cespedes has also been dealing with a right heel issue.
“He’s gone back and forth with it,” manager Bob Melvin told reporters Monday. “Some days it bothers him, some days it doesn’t. It hasn’t for several days, then it popped up again. I feel like I’m best served to give him a day.”
The 28-year-old Cuban is off to his typically up-and-down start, batting .238/.316/.464 with four home runs and 14 RBI. He is second on the team to Josh Donaldson in home runs and third behind Donaldson and Brandon Moss in runs batted in.
The formerly anemic Oakland offense has gotten off to a solid start in 2014, ranking eighth in runs scored and fourth in on-base percentage. Although Cespedes' penchant for strikeouts and low batting average have been the cause for frustration for some, his ability to hit for power at any given moment makes him perhaps Oakland's most marketable star.
Injuries are arguably the culprit for Cespedes not getting to the 30 home run plateau yet. In his first two seasons, Cespedes missed 60 games due to myriad issues. The hamstring isn't considered anything too daunting at the moment, but the short-term absences add up—especially with something as fickle as a hamstring.
Oakland can survive his absence given the play of Donaldson and Moss, but the smallest difference can prove huge in a tight AL West race. It will be interesting to see how the A's manage this injury with three games remaining in Houston before a critical early-season trip to Arlington.
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