Cespedes exits early in return to left field
Slugger had been limited to DH while dealing with sore right shoulder
SEATTLE -- As expected, Yoenis Cespedes returned to the outfield on Friday for the first time in two weeks. Unexpected was his early exit from the game because of recurring right shoulder soreness.
Cespedes aggravated his shoulder while swinging, and there's "probably a good chance he won't be in there tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said after the game.
"Whether or not he's able to play in these last two games," Melvin continued, "I'm not sure yet, but with some time before the postseason hopefully we can get him healthy."
While nursing his shoulder, after a diagnosis of tendinitis, Cespedes made nine consecutive starts at designated hitter, before finding his way back to left field for the opener of the three-game series in Seattle. He lasted just 3 1/2 innings and was replaced by Seth Smith to start the top of the fourth.
Just hours earlier, Melvin had relayed just how happy he was to get Cespedes back on defense -- and for more than one reason.
"It's nice to get him back out there. He's a pain in the [rear] on the bench," he had said, smiling. "He's a guy that really wants to play the outfield. He knows he was relegated to DH duties for a reason, but his true game comes when he's playing the outfield, so he's pretty excited about being back out there today."
Cespedes is batting .226 in 27 games as DH, compared to .254 through 92 games as a left fielder this season.
Weekend series may impact postseason rotation
SEATTLE -- Anyone sitting on the edge of their seats while awaiting word on Oakland's postseason rotation should probably just get comfortable.
A's manager Bob Melvin said Friday he's likely not going to announce his Game 1 starter for the American League Division Series until Tuesday, following Monday's meetings with Oakland's brain trust.
The leading candidate is seemingly Bartolo Colon, who made the start Friday night in Seattle. Another option is Jarrod Parker, who is set to pitch Saturday. On Sunday, it's Sonny Gray, who, despite having just 11 big league appearances under his belt, including nine starts, could very well find himself in the postseason rotation, should the ALDS reach four games.
Asked if this weekend's performances could affect decisions surrounding the playoff rotation, Melvin said, "I think we have a pretty good idea, but there's still room for potential movement as far as that goes. Nothing is for sure yet."