by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes may still have felt a bit sluggish from his recent illness Tuesday against the Rangers. He went 0 for 5 in the extra-inning game.
Cespedes is batting just .202.
Cespedes, who has three homers over his last 10 games and seven this season, has just two hits over his last seven games. He's struggling right now, but he's managed to keep his strikeouts down.
Yoenis Cespedes shrugs off illness
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedeswas in the starting lineup Tuesday against Texas despite leaving Monday's game with an illness, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Cespedes, who has just two hits in his previous six games, was not expected to miss any playing time and slotted third in the batting order.
Yoenis Cespedes leaves with stomach illness
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Monday's series opener against the Rangers in the fifth inning due to a stomach illness, the team announced. Cespedes went 1 for 2 with a solo home run prior to leaving the contest and is being considered day to day.
He was replaced in the lineup by Michael Taylor.
Yoenis Cespedes striking out more than expected
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has had some problems putting his bat on the ball. Cespedes had struck out in six of his previous eight at-bats entering Saturday's contest against the Mariners and he has whiffed 30 times over his 89 at-bats, meaning he is striking out 33.7 percent of the time.
He struck out at a 20.9 percent rate last year, fanning 102 times over 487 at-bats.
"It's probably him trying to do a little too much, and then there are times during the season where you don't see the ball as well as you normally would, and those sometimes end up in some strikeouts," manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. "Look, he's not the only one that's not swinging the bat well right now. You're just more aware of when he's not swinging the bat well than the group around him."
Yoenis Cespedes crushing left-handed pitching
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit third for just the second time this season Thursday against the Indians, and it had everything to do with left-handed hurler Scott Kazmir being on the mound.
Cespedes entered play Thursday batting .316 (6 for 19) with three home runs and a .789 slugging percentage in 13 games against lefties this season.
"Just more of a lefty thing -- get him up there, make sure he gets up in the first inning, too. Scoot everybody up a little bit," manager Bob Melvin said, per MLB.com. "So you want to get those guys up sooner rather than later -- the guys you expect to do a little more damage off the left-handed pitcher."
Yoenis Cespedes remains hot
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had two of the A's three runs Monday in a 7-3 loss at Cleveland. Cespedes homered in the fourth inning and added a sac fly in the sixth.
Cespedes went 1 for 3 with his sixth homer of the year. He's batting .243 with 18 RBI over 74 at-bats. He's hit in seven of eight games with three homers and 11 RBI since coming off the disabled list.
Yoenis Cespedes puts up four RBI against Angels
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 2 for 4 with a run scored and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Angels.
Cespedes increased his RBI total to 14 despite an early season disabled list stint. He doubled and tripled to increase his slugging percentage to .509 despite a meager .228 batting average. Cespedes has now hit safely, scored and recorded an RBI in all three games since his return from the DL.
Yoenis Cespedes homers in return
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Playing in his first game since April 12, A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes made an impact in his return to the lineup Sunday against the Orioles. After missing time due to a hand injury, he went 2 for 5 with a homer and a pair of runs scored in the 9-8 win.
The 27-year-old singled in the sixth inning and came around to score on a Josh Donaldson double. In the ninth with his team trailing by two, he launched a two-run shot off Brian Matusz to tie the game.
"He's very impactful, obviously," manager Bob Melvin said. "That home run was kind of what he's all about. We need him in the lineup and he showed today why."
Yoenis Cespedes back as cleanup hitter
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) The Athletics activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list Sunday and started him as the cleanup hitter against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.
Cespedes, who had been out with a hand injury, went 3 for 9 (.333) on an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. One of those hits was a home run and he drove in four runs.
Cespedes entered Sunday batting .200 for the A's this year with three homers and seven RBI.
Yoenis Cespedes expected back Sunday
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Barring any setbacks, Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hand), is expected to be activated off the 15-day disabled list Sunday, MLB.com reports Friday.
Cespedes, who is currently on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, is slated to play in the field Friday. If all goes well, he will serve as the designated hitter Saturday before rejoining the team for their series finale Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.
Cespedes is batting .250/.298/.450 with three home runs and seven RBI over his first 40 at-bats.
Yoenis Cespedes begins rehab assignment Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes started his rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Sacramento as he works his way back from a hand injury. He is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Sunday, when it appears he will join the A's.
Yoenis Cespedes might begin rehab Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hand) is itching to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, which now could begin Thursday. Cespedes is still on track to be activated for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
Yoenis Cespedes likely back Sunday
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes participated in batting practice Monday for the first time since going on the shelf, MLB.com reports. His injured left hand appeared to be a non-issue.
Cespedes is expected to continue taking swings in Boston before he begins a two-day rehab stint with Triple-A Sacramento Friday. That should put him on track to return to the A's Sunday, when he's eligible to come off the disabled list.
"If things go well here," manager Bob Melvin said, "we'll get him a couple of games Friday and Saturday. I'm probably getting ahead of myself, but to be here taking batting practice certainly is a step in the right direction."
Yoenis Cespedes to take batting practice Monday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will take a few swings during batting practice Monday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cespedes is hoping to go on a rehab assignment this weekend. He's eligible to be activated from the disabled list Sunday. Cespedes has been sidelined with a hand injury.
Yoenis Cespedes aiming for rehab assignment this weekend
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is on track to begin a rehab assignment this weekend, according to MLB.com.
Cespedes has been dealing with a hand injury, which has kept him out of the team's lineup. Manager Bob Melvin expects Cespedes to need a few at-bats before he's ready to play in the majors again, so he'll likely play in the minors Friday and Saturday. Cespedes is on pace to be activated Sunday, when he's eligible to come off the disabled list.
Yoenis Cespedes nearing rehab assignment
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes did not hit off a tee Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cespedes will likely complete that assignment Monday and will take batting practice in Boston.
There is talk Cespedes could play in a rehab game or two by the end of the week. Cespedes took two-handed swings Saturday and declared himself ready for games.
Yoenis Cespedes: 'I'm ready'
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hand) was able to take two-handed swings in the batting cage Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hitting coach Chili Davis said they were about five controlled swings and it was approved by the coaching staff.
"I'm ready," Cespedes said when asked about his return.
Apparently, the swelling has gone down enough for him to take two-handed swings and that is the biggest hurdle. He's not eligible to come off the disabled list until April 28.
Still no timetable for Yoenis Cespedes
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he isn't sure when outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hand) will be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. Melvin said Cespedes is still unable to swing a bat due to the strained muscle in his left hand.
Cespedes, who has been doing some running and throwing drills over the past few days, is eligible to be activated off the DL on April 28.
Yoenis Cespedes wearing soft cast
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Recently disabled Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is wearing a soft cast on his injured left hand, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Monday. Cespedes will do some running and throwing Monday but will not hit again until the hand is healed.
Cespedes, who underwent X-rays which came back negative, is batting .200 on the year with three home runs and seven RBI over 40 at-bats.
A's place Yoenis Cespedes on DL
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and recalled Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento, MLB.com reports.
Cespedes has an injured hand but X-rays came back negative. Cespedes suffered the injury in the web of his left hand between his thumb and index finger.
Cespedes is batting .200 with three homers and seven RBI over his first 40 at-bats.
Yoenis Cespedes listed among reserves
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was listed among the reserves when the lineup was announced for Saturday's game against the Tigers, MLB.com reports.
Cespedes is considered day to day after X-rays on his injured hand came back negative. He could be available to pinch-hit for the A's.
Yoenis Cespedes undergoes X-rays
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who injured his hand Friday on a head-first slide into second, underwent X-rays that came back negative, the Contra Costa Times reports.
Cespedes suffered the injury in the web of his left hand between his thumb and index finger. He was OK to play in the field, but had trouble batting.
Cespedes is considered day to day.
Yoenis Cespedes leaves with hand injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was removed from Friday's game in extra innings with an apparent hand injury.
Cespedes was looked at by trainers after injuring himself on a head-first slide into second base but remained in the game at that point. However, he was removed in favor of a pinch hitter when his next turn at the plate came around. He finished the game 0 for 2 with two walks.
Yoenis Cespedes ends multi-hit drought
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Atheltics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes produced his first multi-hit game of the season Tuesday at L.A. Angels. Cespedes singled twice, walked twice and scored two runs.
Cespedes is still without a double or triple, but he has two home runs and five RBI in eight games. He's batting .179 (5 for 28) with 10 strikeouts.
Yoenis Cespedes enters game after injury
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was expected to rest his ailing elbow Sunday in Houston. Cespedes didn't start the game but was needed after Josh Reddick was injured.
Cespedes entered the game in left field and Seth Smith shifted to right in his place. Cespedes went 0 for 2 and is hitting .120.
He could have used the complete day off considering he's 3 for 25 and 0 for 11 in his last three games with five strikeouts.
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who has dealt with some elbow discomfort, was given Sunday's game in Houston off to rest, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cespedes tweaked the elbow during a swing in Saturday's game, but the A's claim he's sitting Sunday due to rest and not due to the injury. Cespedes was not listed on the trainer's report as an injury.
A day off makes sense for Cespedes, who has gone 1 for 12 over the last three games with six strikeouts. He's batting .130 this season overall with two homers and five RBI among his three total hits.
He should get back in the lineup Tuesday in Los Angeles after the team has a day off Monday.
Yoenis Cespedes dealing with sore elbow
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes told reporters after Saturday's game that he is dealing with some discomfort in his elbow that might require a day off Sunday, as a precaution. Cespedes flinched after taking a swing during his last at-bat in the seventh inning. He finished 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in a 6-3 win.
"I'm not worried about the elbow," Cespedes said, per the Contra Coasta Times. "I'm not worried about the strikeouts. I'm not worried about anything."
Yoenis Cespedes homers as designated hitter
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes served as the team's DH in an 8-2 win over the Mariners Thursday, hitting a two-run home run and drawing a walk in his four plate appearances in the cleanup spot. It was the second homer of the year for Cespedes, who has a .214/.250/.643 line through four games.
Yoenis Cespedes homers, Ks three times
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) The Athletics have gotten off to a slow start this season, but outfielder Yoenis Cespedes tried to kick start things Tuesday against the Mariners.
Cespedes slugged his first home run of the season, a deep shot to center field off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the second inning. That was his lone positive contribution, as he finished 1 for 4 with three strikeouts. Cespedes is just 1 for 8 this season.
Yoenis Cespedes emerging as top 10 outfielder?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) After seeing the spring A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes turned in (.295 average, .623 slugging percentage, six HRs, 15 RBI in 22 games), I'm getting more confident in believing this could be the season Cespedes emerges as a top 10 Fantasy outfielder, if he stays healthy.
Yoenis Cespedes provides the offense Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes homered again in Saturday's exhibition game against the Giants at O.co Coliseum.
Cespedes took Ryan Vogelsong deep in the third inning for a three-run home run. It was his sixth homer in the past 11 games. He was 1 for 4 in the 4-3 victory. The 27-year-old finished spring training with a .295 average, six homers and 15 RBI.
"It looked like it was off the end of the bat," said manager Bob Melvin. "For anybody else, it's probably a medium fly ball to left field. But that shows his strength."
Yoenis Cespedes notches first homer of spring Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes contributed to a long day for Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver, hitting his first home run of the spring in the second inning. It was the only hit in three trips to the plate for Cespedes, who is hitting just .194/.324/.323 during the exhibition season.
He'll be looking to avoid the slow start that plagued him during his standout rookie season, when he hit .245/.319/.434 before a May injury sent him to the DL despite homering in three of his first four games.
Cespedes doesn't want to DH
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/17/2013) Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes doesn't really care too much for being the designated hitter, reports the Contra Costa Times Sunday. With the arrival of Chris Young, A's manager Bob Melvin has talked about using a four-man outfield -- Coco Crips and Josh Reddick -- in a sort of rotation with the odd man out serving as the DH. Cespedes does not want to DH unless it is due to rest or injury. As a player, to be the DH, I dont like it too much, Cespedes said through interpreter Ariel Prieto Sunday morning before the clubs first full workout. If Im hurt, thats the only way I like it, to pick up some days as the DH."
Cespedes works on durability
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/27/2013) The San Francisco Chronicle reports A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes said he has learned how to focus more on stretching to avoid some of the injuries that plagued him in 2012. Cespedes added he should also be helped by playing a full season in the majors.