Cespedes sits for opener vs. Angels
For the start of a three-game set against one of the league’s best pitching staffs, Oakland was without its most feared hitter for the opener Monday.
Yoenis Cespedes, still battling right wrist soreness, was held out of the A’s lineup for their evening matchup with Angels righty Jered Weaver — owner of a career 2.63 ERA vs. Oakland — and Co.
After injuring the wrist when sliding into third base in the sixth inning of Friday’s 15-inning affair, Cespedes only appeared in Saturday’s game as a pinch-runner. Upon his return to the starting lineup Sunday, manager Bob Melvin said the wrist “bothered him a little bit.”
“Especially the last couple of at-bats,” Melvin said. “So we’re going to try to give him a full day off today, not swinging in batting practice, and hopefully he’ll feel that much better tomorrow.”
Cespedes, who has battled numerous injuries in his first big league season, is batting .410 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 21 games since the All-Star break. The A’s are 46-29 with him in the starting lineup and 12-21 when he doesn’t start.