Apr 24, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) walks off the field with medical staff during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes likely not available for Athletics

Yoenis Cespedes was hopeful that he would be able to rejoin his team over the weekend, Sunday at the latest.

It’s now looking like he may not even get into the Athletics/Rangers series until Tuesday. Oakland manager Bob Melvin made his weekly appearance on MLB Network Radio to discuss the state of his team, including Sonny Gray and Cespedes. His team faces the Rangers beginning Monday night for a three-game series.

Of his All-Star left fielder, Melvin says that he probably won’t start tonight and isn’t sure of his availability off of the bench. He is hopeful that he can bring Cespedes back into the lineup for Tuesday and Wednesday, saying that he’ll use the 28-year old as a designated hitter one day and in the field the other.

Cespedes has been out of action since Thursday when he pulled his left hamstring. Oakland and Texas are tied atop the AL West with identical 15-10 records.

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  • afannaz

    sorry, but it needs to be said…$10.5M, this years salary for mr. cespedes. does that seem ridiculous to anybody besides me? he’s the king of the injury du jour(sp). i think since he’s been playing in the US, he’s been injured more than he’s played. that’s not earning your keep, or helping the team. he may have big tight muscles (the reason he gets injured so much), but he is one of the most muscle-bound prima donas in the majors. his act is really getting worn out and old! he starts looking ok and hitting a little, in between strike outs, and you know, he’s about to have an injury any at bat now. sure enough, he’s injured again. you can always count on it; he’s consistent and predictable only in his injuries, not in his game. his body is made for pushing weights, not playing baseball, as we all know since he only can manage to play/contribute/earn his paychecks in short stints at a time. the A’s could do better than cespedes. at least they could find a player who plays just as well, plays hard consistently, with focus, energy and grit, and is someone you can tell loves to play the game. cespedes is not that!