{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Cespedes leaves in second inning of return

Cespedes leaves in second inning of return

|
Cespedes leaves in second inning of return
DENVER -- The combination of Denver's rarified air and Yoenis Cespedes' raw power could make for quite the sight, and it's one that was set to be on display Wednesday when the A's outfielder started his first game in nearly a week because of a strained left hamstring.

But Cespedes, who was back in his normal cleanup spot and playing left field, lasted less than two innings in his return, after being pulled out of the game in the bottom of the second inning in favor of Jonny Gomes after aggravating the same injury.

"It was as much precautionary as anything," manager Bob Melvin said. "It scared him a little, going down the line, and then when he came in for a ball in left field [he] just wasn't comfortable, so we went ahead and took him out. We just didn't want to press him and make it any worse."

Melvin said Cespedes will not play in Thursday's series finale but could potentially be a designated hitter over the weekend.

Prior to the game, Cespedes said through translator Ariel Prieto that he was "very happy" to be back in the lineup but warned he was not yet back to 100 percent.

"I want to try to control my speed," he said. "I'm going to try to run, and if I can go 100 percent I'll do that. If I have to go 80 to 90 percent, that's what I'm going to do."

"Our training staff felt he ran well enough yesterday to where, we put him in a corner spot and limit the movement a little, and hopefully he can take it a little easy on the bases," Melvin said. "I think we've been pretty careful with him, and I don't think this day is certainly not pushing it."

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español