Found June 24, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
How does one return, when they have never actually left in the first place? For Yoenis Cespedes, uncontested slugger of the Oakland Athletics, a return to left field has proved to be just what the doctor ordered during this weekends series against the Seattle Mariners. Due to a lingering hamstring pull and a brief bout with the flu, Cespedes was relegated to the designated hitter role for seven consecutive games leading up to the Seattle series. Whether it was his weakened state or a complete aversion to the foreign nature of temporarily abandoning playing the field, he struggled mightily. Most disconcerting about his 4-for-28 stint at DH, was an obvious sense of annoyance in his demeanor as if his assignment was some sort of penance for a crime he didn't commit. Each at-bat was a test of patience for Cespedes, as a lack of focus led to multiple strikeouts and weak contact producing pop-ups and harmless fly balls. To his credit, Cespedes was very forthcoming with his frustrations to the media. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes expressed himself before Friday's game: "When I’m in the outfield, my body is completely on fire,” Cespedes said through translator Ariel Prieto. “When I’m DH and I hit and sit down and I’m doing nothing, I feel like my emotion is going down." Despite still being bothered by that burdensome hamstring, the Cuban returned to his familiar position prior to Friday night's game and made his impact felt immediately. Swinging with conviction and furor, Cespedes clubbed two home runs in a 6-3 Athletics' victory. Although the results didn't compare as favorably on Saturday, several hard-hit balls and near game-tying home run made it clear that a sense of comfort has returned to the slugger. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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