Answers to Cespedes’ hand injury expected after game
The uncertainty surrounding Yoenis Cespedes’ injury carried into Wednesday morning, as the outfielder was scheduled to undergo an X-ray on his left hand shortly before the A’s afternoon matinee with the Blue Jays.
More details are expected after the game.
Cespedes was a late scratch from the A’s lineup on Tuesday because of soreness in the back of his hand, an issue that manager Bob Melvin said was a “minor” one before then. He only took a handful of swings during batting practice before departing the field early.
“I think it popped up a little differently yesterday,” Melvin said. “It’s not something he reported to the training room for. I think, over the course of the season, you have some aches and pains that you deal with, and then you go to the training room, and yesterday was that point.
“I think he just took a swing yesterday and took it to a different level. For me, it happened yesterday, in the fashion that all of a sudden he couldn’t play.”
With Cespedes, who has five home runs and 21 RBIs, tops among all Major League rookies, out of the mix, Josh Reddick made his second straight start in center field Wednesday, with Seth Smith playing right field and Jonny Gomes in left and batting cleanup.
Should Cespedes be out for an extended period of time, the A’s are likely to stick with Reddick in center field. He appeared in eight games at the position in Boston last year and in 237 in the Minors, most among any position.