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52 Yoenis Cespedes LF
Height/Weight: 5-10/210 | Birthdate: 10/18/1985 | Birthplace: | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 99/84 | Average Draft Position: 124.52
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Yoenis Cespedes playing despite right heel issue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was noticeably limping in the clubhouse prior to Monday's game at Minnesota, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Cespedes acknowledged he's dealing with some discomfort in his right heel, but it was not enough to keep him from starting Monday.

"When I have to run, I can run. It's fine," he said.


Yoenis Cespedes clubs first home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run of the season Sunday against the Mariners. 

Cespedes got off to a slow start this year, but may have turned a corner in the eighth inning. Cespedes took the first pitch thrown by Yoervis Medina, and took it out to center field for a solo home run.

Cespedes finished the game 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. He also managed to draw a walk in a previous plate appearance.


Brandon Moss: Yoenis Cespedes working hard to end slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Struggling Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes received words of encouragement Wednesday from teammate Brandon Moss, who sees the outfielder working to emerge from a slump that has dragged his spring batting average down to a troubling .128.

"If he was up there raking and was hitting .128, and really feeling good at the plate, that would be one thing," Moss told the Bay Area News Group. "But he's up there working on things, trying to shorten his swing."

Cespedes has regressed since a fine rookie season in 2012. He experienced significant drops in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage and his problems have followed him to spring training.


Yoenis Cespedes working with hitting coach


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is working with hitting coach Chili Davis, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Cespedes is working to make more contact this season, which should help raise his average. He's planning to shorten his swing, but doesn't think it will impact his power output. Cespedes also reported to camp weighing 225 pounds. The weight listed on the team program has Cespedes at 210. He's hoping the new approach will make him more consistent at the plate.

Cespedes hit .240/.294/.442 in 529 at-bats last year.


Yoenis Cespedes: I want to end my career in Oakland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2014) Usually quiet Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has spoken up about his desire to sign a contract extension that would keep him in Oakland beyond 2015, when his four-year deal expires.

Cespedes must prove his worth to remain with the team long-term. His batting average dropped markedly to .240 in 2013, though his power numbers remained steady with 26 home runs and 80 RBI. He has been involved in trade rumors during the offseason.

"What I would like is to finish my four years here in Oakland and maybe get an extension because this is the team that gave me the opportunity to play here, and I will not forget that," he told MLB.com.


A's, Diamondbacks discussed Yoenis Cespedes deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) The Athletics and Diamondbacks have discussed a deal involving trading outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for outfielder A.J. Pollock, pitcher Tyler Skaggs and more, but neither side was comfortable with the deal, Fox Sports reports.

The framework suggests the Diamondbacks are serious about adding power to the lineup.


American League Gold Glove finalists announced


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/25/2013) The finalists for the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove awards were announced on Friday, with three players at each position. The awards honor the league's best defenders, and winners will be announced Oct. 29. 

The American League nominees are:

Catcher: Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Salvador Perez, Kansas City; Matt Wieters, Baltimore

First Base: Chris Davis, Baltimore; Eric Hosmer, Kansas City; James Loney, Tampa Bay

Second Base: Robinson Cano, New York, Dustin Pedroia, Boston, Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay

Third Base: Adrian Beltre, Texas; Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay; Manny Machado, Baltimore

Shortstop: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City; Yunel Escobar, Tampa Bay; J.J. Hardy, Baltimore

Left Field: Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland; Andy Dirks, Detroit; Alex Gordon, Kansas City

Center Field: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City; Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston; Adam Jones, Baltimore

Right Field: Nick Markakis, Baltimore; Josh Reddick, Oakland; Shane Victorino, Boston

Pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Toronto; R.A. Dickey, Toronto; Doug Fister, Detroit


Yoenis Cespedes smacks first postseason homer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes placed his injury issue behind him as he went deep against the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Friday night.

Cespedes took Detroit starter Max Scherzer deep for a two-run shot in the seventh inning to cut the lead to one run. He finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI in a 3-2 defeat.


Yoenis Cespedes to play left field in Game 1


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will start in left field for Game 1 of the ALDS against Detroit, MLB.com reports. Cespedes had been limited to designated hitter due to a shoulder injury down the stretch of the regular season, but he appears to be over it.

Good chance Yoenis Cespedes plays left field Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2013) Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed Thursday that there's a good chance outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will play left field in Friday's Game 1 against the Tigers, Comcast SportsNet reports.

Cespedes threw Thursday to test his injured shoulder, which limited him to DH duties from Sept. 14 to Sept. 25 before he played three innings in left field on Sept. 27. He went 8 for 37 with three home runs and six RBI during his DH-only stretch.


Yoenis Cespedes feels good after batting practice


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes expects to start on Friday in Game 1 of Oakland's American League Division Series matchup with Detroit, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cespedes is expected to play the outfield after being limited to DHing down the stretch of the regular season. 

Cespedes said he felt better after taking batting practice Tuesday. After his first two rounds of batting practice, Cespedes had not hit one out of the park. He began warming up after that and ended up taking a couple pitches deep before the session was over. 


Yoenis Cespedes planning to play the field


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is planning to be in the outfield for the playoffs, according to CSN.

Cespedes has been dealing with an injured elbow, and has been limited to serving as the designated hitter recently. He was able to take batting practice Tuesday after resting his elbow for a few days. He said he would be in the outfield if he had to throw left-handed. Cespedes is a righty. 

In 529 at-bats, Cespedes hit .240/.294/.442. 


Yoenis Cespedes still resting shoulder


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/29/2013) Yoenis Cespedes was out of the Athletics' starting lineup for the second game in a row, as Brandon Moss served as the team's designated hitter for Sunday's series finale in Seattle.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the organization wants Cespedes to rest his right shoulder, which has felt sore since Friday's game, so that he will be ready for the American League Division Series. Cespedes did not hit or throw on Saturday, so the team does not have a clear sense of how much time he will need to recover.


Yoenis Cespedes must attempt to throw


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who left Friday's game with a shoulder issue, could not start Saturday at Seattle, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The A's won't know more about Cespedes' issue until he attempts to throw. That is not likely to be Saturday. 

Yoenis Cespedes exits with sore shoulder


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was forced out of Friday game against the Mariners with a sore right shoulder. Cespedes had previously been dealing with this injury, which has caused him to serve as a designated hitter. He is hitting .240 with 26 homers and 80 RBI in 529 at-bats.

Yoenis Cespedes tests shoulder


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes throwing session to test out his shoulder went well, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

It looks like Cespedes will be able to play in the outfield during the team's upcoming games with the Mariners. He had been used primarily as a designated hitter over the past few games.

Cespedes is hitting .242/.297/.448 in 520 at-bats.


Yoenis Cespedes to test out shoulder


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will test out his injured right shoulder by throwing Monday, the Oakland Tribune reports.

Cespedes has been limited to being the designated hitter lately for the A's. Manager Bob Melvin wants him to play multiple games in left field before the end of the regular season.


Yoenis Cespedes hits 25th homer in return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup Friday in the DH role and went 1 for 4 with his 25th home run of the season in his team's 11-0 win over the Twins.

Cespedes also homered in his last game Wednesday before getting a cortisone shot to help shoulder tendinitis, which kept him out Thursday. He has hit .243/.299/.447 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI in 510 at-bats.


Yoenis Cespedes returns to the lineup


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is back in the lineup Friday against Minnesota, MLB.com reports. Cespedes received a cortisone shot in his shoulder and missed Thursday's game as a result, but the injury isn't expected to linger.

Yoenis Cespedes receives cortisone shot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who is dealing with shoulder tendinitis, received a cortisone shot after Wednesday's game against the Angels, MLB.com reports.

Manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that he could return to the lineup as early as Friday. Cespedes is hitting .243 with 24 homers and 76 RBI in 506 at-bats this season.

Yoenis Cespedes goes deep in defeat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes blasted a two-run homer during Wednesday's afternoon game against the Angels. Cespedes went deep for the 24th time this season in the bottom of the third inning off starter Jason Vargas.

Cespedes finished the game 2 for 5 with the two RBI. He has a .243 average and 76 runs batted in on the year for the A's.

The 27-year-old has three homers in his last 10 games with 13 runs batted in over that stretch. He's been driving in plenty of runs for Oakland down the stretch run of the season, though he's seeing most of his at-bats as the designated hitter.

Yoenis Cespedes dealing with shoulder tendinitis


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes underwent an MRI, which revealed tendinitis in his right shoulder, MLB.com reports.

Cespedes, who has not structural damage in his shoulder, will be mostly used as a designated hitter for now. He is hitting .385 (15 for 39) with two homers and 12 RBI in his last 12 games. He owns a .243/.301/.441 slash line in 497 at-bats.

Yoenis Cespedes will be day-to-day with shoulder issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will be considered day-to-day with his shoulder injury, according to MLB.com.

Cespedes had an MRI Monday, but the results were not revealed prior to Monday's game. Cespedes was able to play, and knocked two hits. Manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes will be day-to-day depending on how he feels.

Cespedes is hitting .243/.301/.441 in 497 at-bats. 


Yoenis Cespedes with two hits in return


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who could be limited to DHing for a while, returned to the lineup Monday against the Angels. After his MRI came back clean, Cespedes went 2 for 3 in a losing effort as the DH.

He didn't pick up an RBI or score a run in the game, though the A's didn't do much scoring against the Angels. Cespedes is batting .243 and could see consistent time as the DH going forward as long as that shoulder doesn't keep him out.

Yoenis Cespedes back in lineup


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes underwent an MRI on his shoulder issue Monday and it came back clean. Cespedes returned to the starting lineup for the A's against the Angels. 

Cespedes has been seeing a lot of time at designated hitter for the A's. He's batting .241 this year with 23 homers and 74 runs batted in.