Oakland A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the lineup on Sunday against the Texas Rangers due to soreness in the right shoulder.
As reported by Jane Lee of MLB.com, Cespedes reinjured the shoulder during the A's last home stand and was scheduled to make his second straight start at
designated hitter against the Rangers on Sunday. But the team instead opted to rest him and
make Nate Freiman its DH for the day.
The move appears to be more of a precautionary measure for the A's. Cespedes doesn't appear to have been affected by the injury. He is batting .373 with three home runs and 13 rbi's during September and has eight multiple hit games during that span.
With the A's in first place by 6 1/2 games in the American League West with only a few weeks left to play, it's best for the team to be cautious with Cespedes and have him back as close to 100 percent as possible for the post season.
Cespedes batted .292 with 23 home runs and 82 rbi's in 487 at bats during his rookie season last year. This year his power numbers are virtually identical. He has 23 home runs and 74 rbi's in 494 at at bats. His batting average has plummeted to .241 with an on base percentage of only .299.