THE DL: Rehab soon for Cespedes, McCarthy plays catch

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THE DL: Rehab soon for Cespedes, McCarthy plays catch

Yoenis CespedesCespedes, who was eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, hit in the indoor batting cage again. All reports about his injured left hand are positive. Friday, manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes will likely have to go on a rehab assignment before being activated. "He hit live in the cage today, and felt good no problems there," Melvin said. "He will hit live on the field tomorrow. If that's the case, and he feels good, then we'll probably target a date for him to go out and get a few at-bats."According to the A's, Cespedes has an extreme work ethic, and lives, sleeps, and eats baseball. Their biggest concern is protecting him from himself. "I think it all depends on how he feels," Melvin says. "He is a guy that likes to feel comfortable. The other day when he was in the cage it was more about swinging and making sure he didn't feel his hand. Today they said he was a little frustrated with some of his swings, that he wanted his mechanics to be perfect."ETA: Could return on this road trip.Brandon IngeAs we first reported: Inge has been sent to Triple-A Sacramento.ETA: May 28Graham GodfreyGodfrey hasn't been ruled out of making his next start. He was called up to take Brandon McCarthy's spot in the rotation on Tuesday, but injured the middle finger on his pitching hand before his start. "I heard he feels better," Melvin said. "We'll see how he is again tomorrow. Whether or not we are throwing a bullpen and where we are, but I am not sure yet." ETA: Could make next startBrandon McCarthy I watched McCarthy play catch in the outfield on Friday before the game. He was smiling as he walked off the field. "McCarthy just played catch today," Melvin said. "So we'll probably talk about that a bit later." On Tuesday Brandon McCarthy sat down with pitching coach Curt Young and began to map out some plans for his return. He remains on pace to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible to return on June 2. Hes doing some strengthening stuff, stabilization stuff with us and will probably look to pick up a ball hopefully at the latter half of the week," Paparesta said on Tuesday. "And we are targeting obviously his return date of June 2."ETA: June 2Brett AndersonAnderson experienced some forearm soreness during his throwing program. According to the A's he is still ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Because of the severity of the type of surgery Anderson had, the A's don't want to rush him. "What you don't want to do is start him up and then stop him, then start him up and stop him again," Paparesta said on Tuesday. "We've got a pretty good process with him and he hasn't had an issue so far."ETA: TBDDallas BradenBraden spent the weekend with the team in San Francisco and has been at the Coliseum this home stand. Braden is not near returning at this point. "I want to say it was about two and a half weeks ago, three weeks that he started playing some catch 45, 60 feet, " Paparesta said. "Dallas wasnt having any pain at that point in time, but he felt like he just wasnt as strong as he needs to be, so we decided hey, lets pull the reigns back. Lets get you as strong as you need to be."ETA: TBD

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

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NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the Mets' bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.

T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play after third baseman Matt Chapman, trying to get Rivera at second, threw the ball away into right field for a costly error that made it 5-3.

Moments earlier, New York loaded the bases when Lucas Duda's bad-hop infield single struck first baseman Ryon Healy near the temple. Healy left the game and walked off under his own power with a swollen bruise next to his left eye.

Conforto's second homer made it 7-3 in the seventh. Oakland rallied for two in the eighth, but Blevins replaced closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his former team for his fifth major league save and first this season.

Normally a lefty specialist, Blevins recorded five outs in a game for the first time since 2014 with Washington. He retired All-Star slugger Yonder Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to escape the eighth-inning jam.

"We just tried to find some matchups that worked," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Yoenis Cespedes had three hits after raising eyebrows when he told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game that he wants to play the final season of his career in Oakland, his first big league team.

Cespedes, who signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets, also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper and he doesn't think there's a better one.

"Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him," Collins said after the game. "This is the first I've heard of it."

After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

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Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.