Yoenis Cespedes returned to the batting cage Saturday, then the bench.
This time, he'll stay there a little longer.
The Oakland Athletics placed the powerful Cuban defector on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left hand that has bothered the center fielder for days. An MRI exam earlier this week revealed the strain and no further tests are scheduled.
''Anytime it's a hand for a hitter, you want to make sure he's 100 percent before he goes out there,'' assistant general manager David Forst said. ''We tried to treat it and have him play at the same time. Clearly, he wasn't feeling 100 percent, so we're going to be cautious at this point and have him do nothing until he can tell us there is absolutely zero pain there.''
The roster move followed a bizarre afternoon.
Cespedes had declared himself ''100 percent'' healthy and ready to return earlier in the clubhouse. Instead, Cespedes complained of discomfort in his hand and cut his batting practice short.