Found September 27, 2012 on MLB Injury News:


Yoenis Cespedes has been every bit as good as the Oakland Athletics could have hoped.  They surprised the baseball world this offseason when they won out and signed Cespedes out of Cuba.  The A's gave the 26-year old rookie, who would be playing American baseball for the first time, a 4-year, $36 million contract.  That deal is looking like a bargain after the performance he's had this year.  And it appears he's been doing it while hurt.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says A's manager Bob Melvin admits that Cespedes has been playing hurt.  Earlier this month, the A's outfielder was battling a sore wrist, but it hasn't seemed to affect his play.
"He's playing hurt," Melvin says of Cespedes. "He's a tough kid." #Athletics
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 27, 2012
In 122 games-played, Cespedes is hitting .288/.349/.494 with 21 home runs and 78 RBI.  He hit a triple in last night's game against the Texas Rangers to help the A's win and cut the Rangers' lead in the American League West to just three games.  Cespedes is hitting just .200 in his last seven games and just .234 in September, but it appears he's been playing through pain.

The A's have four more games against the Rangers.  They could still come back and win the west, but it would be an improbable feat.  The Rangers have had a stranglehold on the AL West for most of the season.  The A's have two-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the Wild Card, and they trail the Baltimore Orioles by just a half-game for the top Wild Card spot.

As long as Cespedes can battle through his pain and help the A's, the team should be in good shape.  There are only seven games left in the season for Oakland, and every one of them will count and they fight or at very least a Wild Card berth, but possibly a division crown as well.
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