OAKLAND -- One day after spraining his right wrist against the Angels, Yoenis Cespedes was in the lineup Friday night for the A's, playing left field and hitting fourth against Baltimore.
"I'm going to rest after we get a championship," Cespedes said. "I'm going to be in the lineup every day."
Cespedes was injured in the fourth inning Thursday while sliding into second base and came out of the game in the top of the fifth. Cespedes sprained his right wrist earlier in the season in an Aug. 3 game against Toronto. He pinch-hit the next night and returned to the lineup the game after that.
"Yesterday when I got out of the game, it hurt a lot," Cespedes said.
Cespedes said that when he arrived at the Coliseum on Friday afternoon, his wrist was just "a little sore" and not nearly painful enough to keep him out of the lineup.
"I wasn't 100 percent sure, but I think it, more than anything, scared him a little bit yesterday based on the fact that he had that injury earlier in the year," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He didn't' want to push it, and then once he got here today, it was good enough to play. I was thinking of potentially DH, but he was good to play the outfield, too. So we're encouraged the way that went."
Cespedes said he wasn't "scared" or "nervous" when he was injured but was in enough pain to come out of the game.
Cespedes entered Friday night's game batting .287 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs. He homered Tuesday and Wednesday against the Angels, snapping a 21-game homerless streak, the longest of his rookie season.
"He wants to play, there's no doubt," Melvin said. "For a guy that's used to a 90-game season, you can get a little bit run down, I think as much mentally as physically. We've been trying to combat that some with some DH spots for him. He's swinging the bat a little bit better right now, and he's obviously a very important guy for us. We want to keep him as refreshed as we can."