The Oakland A’s are off to one of the best starts in baseball. Having charged out to a 15-9 record, they are now hoping to have outfielder Yoenis Cespedes back in the fold soon.
Cespedes was forced to leave the team’s game on Thursday with a strained left hamstring. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Cespedes is going through running drills and that manager Bob Melvin is hoping the 28-year-old outfielder will be available for Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros.
Oakland’s left fielder, who suffered a strained left hamstring Friday in Houston, went through a variety of running drills Saturday afternoon. If it all went well, the team’s medical staff could potentially give him the green light.
If he is available Melvin would use him off the bench initially. Lee also notes that Cespedes has struggled as of late, going 2-for-15 over his last five games.
Making sure he is healthy will be priority number one for the A’s, followed closely by finding ways to try and keep him on track to boost the offense over the long haul for a team with a chance at another division title in 2014.