A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will miss a few games with a strained left hamstring, Oakland manager Bob Melvin announced after a 10-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
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Cespedes suffered the injury while beating out an infield single in the top of the seventh. If it turns out he’s sidelined for only a short period, consider it a fortunate development for the A’s, since hamstring strains can linger for longer periods.
Cespedes' numbers so far don't jump off the stat page -- .238, four homers, 14 RBI. And they didn’t need his bat in Thursday’s 14-hit attack. But he’s obviously a major piece to their offensive puzzle in the long term. He’s also been bothered by a bruised right heel, though he’s missed just one start from that ailment.
With Cespedes out, Melvin told reporters that Brandon Moss likely would start in left field Friday and Daric Barton would play first base against Astros right-hander Brad Peacock.