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Add a sprained thumb to Yoenis Cespedes’ list of injuries

Jul 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Yoenis Cespedes has been banged up basically all season, missing time with hamstring, knee, and hand injuries. And now you can add a sprained left thumb to that list, as the A’s outfielder exited yesterday’s first-half finale after hurting his thumb sliding into second base.

At least this injury comes at a good time, as Cespedes has four days to heal before the A’s resume play Friday in Minnesota.

In between all the injuries he’s had a very solid rookie season, hitting .263 with nine homers, 11 doubles, and a .790 OPS in 54 games to begin a four-year, $36 million contract.

  1. paperlions - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Cespedes has 5 homers against Seattle (13 games) and 4 in his other 41 games.

    He has been a bit better than expected offensively (mostly because he has shown some patience at the plate), but his defense has been horrendous. Still fun to watch his ABs, even though he doesn’t swing from his heels as often now.

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    His defense is maybe not horrendous, but it isn’t good. He can’t go back on the ball at all, but coming in and lateral aren’t so bad. And he has a plus arm. So I’d call it below average, and a work in progress. There’s no doubt why the A’s moved Crisp back to center, and also no doubt why Melvin insisted that Cowgill be kept on the 25-man when he was healthy. Those 1-run games the A’s get into are even tougher to lose on a catchable ball over the head of the left fielder. Cowgill prevents that.

    As a hitter, .790 isn’t at all bad for a rookie. MLB pitchers do work him carefully, aware of his power potential, but his biggest obstacle is the breaking ball off the outside corner. Until he recognizes that, and lays off it, he won’t be entirely effective.

    • paperlions - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Nah, his defense is horrible. He is among the worst in the league according to any defense metric you can find, and that is comparing him to a lot of LF butchers. At 26, he should be at his peak defensive ability…not a “work in progress”. If you don’t learn how to go back on a ball by the time you are 26….you probably aren’t going to learn it.

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