Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/14/12

Wednesday was supposed to be Yoenis Cespedes' big day.

It wasn't.

The Oakland A's outfielder made his first start since June 7, hoping his strained left hamstring was controllable, but he lasted only one at-bat and one inning in left field, exiting after aggravating the injury running out a groundball.

He won't play Thursday, and manager Bob Melvin said an option is using Cespedes as a DH after the A's finish their interleague series in Colorado.

Oakland scored three runs in the ninth to beat the Rockies 10-8, and the guy who replaced Cespedes had something to do with it. Jonny Gomes hit one of three homers for the A's. He had two hits and scored twice.

The story behind Cespedes' removal?

"When he came in for a ball in left field, he wasn't comfortable," manager Bob Melvin said. "We took him out. We didn't want to press it. He was favoring it. I think it just scares him. He doesn't want to pull it all the way."

A side note: If Cespedes is a DH, that could keep Manny Ramirez's comeback bid on hold. Ramirez remains with Class AAA Sacramento, where he is hitting .300 (18-for-60) with three doubles, no homers and 13 RBI through 16 games.

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