Cespedes day to day with wrist sprain

ANAHEIM — A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday’s game against the Angels with a sprained right wrist and has been deemed day to day.

The Oakland rookie endured the same injury back in August and missed just one day, so it was rather encouraging when manager Bob Melvin relayed after the game that this “doesn’t appear to be as bad.” It’s not known whether he’ll be available for Friday’s opener against the Orioles in Oakland.

Cespedes suffered the sprain while sliding into second base in the fourth inning and was replaced in left field in the top of the fifth by Brandon Moss, who began the game at first base. Chris Carter assumed that position.

In his first big league season, Cespedes has endured a handful of injuries. But when healthy, his presence in the lineup is undeniable, as the A’s are 70-39 when he starts, compared to 12-22 when he doesn’t.

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