Found July 21, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
While Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is available to pinch-run this weekend, he was held out for the second consecutive game last night due to his lingering wrist injury. The same is expected to be the case for the weekend finale, as Melvin told reporters – including AJ Cassavell of MLB.com – that Cespedes will likely not start today’s contest against the Los Angeles Angels. There continues to be speculation that Cespedes could have suffered his injury during Monday’s Home Run Derby, which the slugger won in impressive fashion. However, Melvin and the A’s continue to say that Cespedes first experienced discomfort in his wrist during batting practice prior to Friday’s game and that the Derby had no impact. "If you watched [the Home Run Derby], it didn't look like it was bothering him," Melvin said. "Usually those types of things happen on one particular swing, and it certainly didn't." While Cespedes showed improvement yesterday, the A’s will continue to play it safe with Cespedes. The exact nature of the wrist injury remains unknown, according to Cassavell, as Melvin would only refer to the ailment as soreness. If Cespedes continues to remain sidelined as a result, he’ll likely require an MRI to determine the extent of the damage. "He feels better today, but until our training staff feels like he's 100 percent and not putting himself in a position where he could further injure it, it'll be day to day," Melvin said. Considering Cespedes has struggled thus far in his second season in the bigs, Oakland is wise to ensure he’s back – or at least close – to full health before putting him back in the lineup. The 27-year-old has hit .225/.293/.420 with 11 doubles and 15 home runs over 341 plate appearances this season after hitting at a clip of .292/.356/.505 last year. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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