Wrist keeps Cespedes from starting Saturday

Wrist keeps Cespedes from starting Saturday

OAKLAND -- As anticipated, A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was held out of Saturday's starting lineup against the Blue Jays after spraining his right wrist the previous night.

No need to fret, though, as manager Bob Melvin said he would "hold out hope he'll potentially be able to pinch-hit today." There was no pinch-hitting, but Cespedes did enter the game in the bottom of the ninth as a pinch-runner for Chris Carter, before being replaced in the lineup by Brandon Moss during the next frame.

Cespedes, who hit in the cages on Saturday morning, did not receive an X-ray on his wrist, which he injured when sliding into third base in the sixth inning of Friday's 15-inning affair.

The rookie slugger has struggled to stay on the field in his first big league season, having endured assorted injuries in previous months. But there's no denying his presence when he's healthy, given his team-leading .310 average -- boosted by an American League-leading .430 mark since the All-Star break.

In his stead, Jonny Gomes started in left field on Saturday, while Josh Reddick manned center, with Coco Crisp getting a scheduled day off. Michael Taylor, who was called up on Friday, played in right.