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A’s activate Yoenis Cespedes from disabled list

Jun 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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As expected, the A’s have activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list after he spent four weeks on the sidelines with a hand injury.

Cespedes went 3-for-9 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and Oakland cleared a spot for his return yesterday by demoting struggling starter Tyson Ross to Triple-A.

Prior to the injury Cespedes hit .245 with five homers, five doubles, and a .753 OPS in 28 games, showing the combination of excellent power and questionable plate discipline that most reports pegged him for coming out of Cuba.

He played center field before going on the DL, but the 26-year-old rookie may shift to left field now with Coco Crisp remaining in center.

  1. scatterbrian - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    What are the indications that Cespedes will move to left?

    • APBA Guy - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Brian-Cespedes played left during his rehab stint, plus Ray and Glen had him in left during the broadcasts as they tried to divert attention away from the absence of offense over the 8 game losing streak by showing the “proposed” A’s lineup post Manny and Cespedes’ call-ups.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    My Fantasy team would like him to play LF at least 5 times, please.

    In all fairness, Crisp is still a very good defensive CF.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      Actually, his UZR150 for 2011 was -6.7, lower middle of the pack. Sort of average at center. And with his noodle arm, well, the best you can say is that he’s better than the A’s other options, at least until Cespedes proves he can go back on a ball hit over his head.

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