"So far, so good," A's manager Bob Melvin declared Sunday. "If all goes well, he'll hit coaches BP in Boston. Once we get him in a live BP situation, we'll see where we stand.
"There's a chance he might need a few at-bats," Melvin added.
This much is certain: The A's need Cespedes, their best hitter, back in the lineup as soon as possible. He is one of those players who makes everyone around him better.
Although Cespedes was only hitting .200 when he injured his hand, the A's had hit 19 home runs in 11 games with him in the lineup. Since Cespedes has been out with an injured hand, they've hit just two.
Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.