A's notes: Cespedes' good news; Anderson staying in 'pen?

A's notes: Cespedes' good news; Anderson staying in 'pen?
September 17, 2013, 6:30 pm
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At least we feel better about the fact we know what it is.
Bob Melvin on Yoenis Cespedes' shoulder



Yoenis Cespedes' sweet swing is ready for action, though his throwing arm is not. (AP)

OAKLAND – Yoenis Cespedes’ MRI results showed he has tendinitis in his right shoulder but no tear, news that came as a relief to Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin.

Cespedes is serving as designated hitter for a second straight day Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. He missed Sunday’s game due to soreness in the shoulder, which he injured while diving for a ball in the outfield on the last homestand.

“He’ll play as (the pain can be) tolerated,” Melvin said before the game. “We’ll probably DH him here, then when he feels good as far as throwing the ball, we’ll get him back in the outfield. At least we feel better about the fact we know what it is.”

Cespedes has not tried throwing yet, and Melvin acknowledged a cortisone shot is an option if Cespedes’ pain persists.

Brandon Moss is playing left field Tuesday in Cespedes' place after Chris Young started there Sunday and Monday.

Elsewhere on the injury front, shortstop Jed Lowrie remains out of the lineup for a second straight game with tightness in his right hamstring. Melvin said Lowrie would test his hamstring in pregame drills and might be an option off the bench, with the hope he’ll be back in the lineup Wednesday afternoon.

Eric Sogard is starting at short against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.

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Melvin reiterated that Brett Anderson is likely to remain in the bullpen for the rest of this season.

Anderson, the A’s opening night starter, has worked primarily as a long reliever since coming off the 60-day disabled list Aug. 28, but Melvin has kept the option open of stretching Anderson out in case he’s needed in the rotation.

Melvin sounded more definitive Tuesday that the left-hander will stay in the bullpen through season’s end.

“You never know how a game is going to play out, but our starters are throwing the ball pretty well,” the manager said. “I think part of that was in case one or two guys didn’t throw the ball well. At this point, he looks to be a bullpen guy.”

Melvin didn’t specify which starters he and his staff were gauging, but there was reason to believe Anderson could have subbed in for anyone besides Jarrod Parker at one point or another.

A.J. Griffin struggled with walks and homers for a stretch after the All-Star break, and Dan Straily had trouble pitching deep into games but has looked strong lately.

Bartolo Colon was a question mark as he was dealing with a groin injury that landed him on the disabled list in mid-August. And who knew how rookie Sonny Gray would handle himself in the big league spotlight? To this point, he’s responded well.

Anderson has said he’s willing to help the team in any role needed. He has a 6.97 ERA in five relief outings since coming off the D.L. for a stress fracture in his right foot. He left Friday’s game against Texas with back spasms but has been available since Monday.

It’s tough putting much stock in Anderson’s bullpen stats because he’s usually entered late in lopsided games, where he’s simply been trying to throw strikes and opposing hitters are swinging aggressively.

“He’s a starter,” Melvin said. “He wants to start. He will start again. But based on the timetable and how many outings he’s had, it would be difficult to even (build him) up to five innings at this point.”

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Reliever Dan Otero is back with the team after being with his wife, Tiffany, who gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl, Monday in Arizona.
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First baseman Daric Barton is batting second Tuesday, the highest he’s hit in the order since being recalled from the minors Aug. 26.

Josh Donaldson, who typically hits second, is in the No. 3 spot with Jed Lowrie out again with a sore hamstring.
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Catcher John Jaso, who has been out since late July with concussion-related symptoms, hit on the field for the first time since going on the D.L. Melvin said he wasn’t sure if Jaso would be able to rejoin the team at all this season, but added it was a positive step for Jaso that he’s progressed enough to do on-field activity.
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Former A’s shortstop Bobby Crosby visited the Coliseum.

Crosby tried making the Milwaukee Brewers roster in spring training, but he’s since been working with agent Paul Cohen of TWC Sports Management, who represented Crosby during his playing career.

He’s recruiting and scouting potential clients, and the former first-round pick and 2004 Rookie of the Year says he's enjoying himself.

“I love it,” Crosby said while watching batting practice. “I know anything that a kid goes through, I’ll have gone through.”