As if a walk-off defeat to Detroit wasn’t enough Monday, the A’s hope they won’t lose left fielder Yoenis Cespedes for any period of time.
Cespedes left Oakland’s 5-4 defeat in the eighth inning with a left hamstring issue. Manager Bob Melvin didn’t have specific details on whether Cespedes simply cramped up on a hot and humid night in the Motor City, or whether it might be something more serious. Melvin did say Cespedes would be unlikely to play Tuesday, and that the team would have more clarity then.
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Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, an All-Star candidate as is Cespedes, left Monday’s game after 5 1/3 innings because of a cramping issue of his own in his left calf. After the game, Kazmir said he was feeling much better and didn’t see it as an issue that would affect his next start.
Losing Cespedes for any period of time would be a blow to the A’s. He’s come on particularly strong at the plate lately, and Monday he extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games. It was also revealed Monday that Cespedes moved into third place in All-Star voting among American League outfielders, which puts him in line to start the July 15 showcase if he stays in the top three.
It’s still unknown if Cespedes will participate in the Home Run Derby, which he won last season.