"He always wants to play in the field," manager Bob Melvin said. "When you're in the field, you're always doing something. There's a feel to the game. When you're DH-ing it just feels like you're pinch-hitting four times."
Despite Cespedes' struggles, the A's are 36-20 when he is in the lineup and 7-10 when he isn't. It's still unclear when he will be able to return to the outfield.
"When he's in the lineup, we're a better team, whether he's swinging well or not," Melvin said. "[His hamstring] isn't 100 percent, and that's the reason he's not in the field, but it's not to the point where he has to limp around the bases."
Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.