OAKLAND – Yoenis Cespedes’ availability will be a daily decision as he deals with a right shoulder injury, Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin said Monday night.
Cespedes, a late scratch on Sunday, is in the lineup at designated hitter for the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. The team has not received results from an MRI taken earlier in the day, but Cespedes’ shoulder felt good enough while taking swings in the cage that he can serve as DH.
“We monitored him pretty good in the cage today,” Melvin said. “… Whether it’s a bruise or whatever it is going on in there, it’ll be a day-to-day proposition.”
Melvin said Cespedes hurt his shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield on the last homestand. Throwing is what bothers Cespedes the most. He did not try throwing Monday, and it stands to reason he’ll be relegated to the DH role for another day or two.
Chris Young draws his second straight start in left field against the Angels.
In other injury news, shortstop Jed Lowrie is out of the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game in Texas with tightness in his right hamstring. Lowrie was wearing a heat wrap around his leg before Monday’s game but said he was sitting out mainly as a precaution.
Does he expect to play Tuesday?
“I don’t see why not.”
Right-hander Jarrod Parker was scratched from Sunday’s start with a stomach ailment, but Melvin said he had a good idea Parker would take the ball Monday based on how Parker felt after Sunday’s game.
As a result of Parker pitching Monday, the rest of the rotation gets bumped back a day. Sonny Gray will start Tuesday, A.J. Griffin on Wednesday and Dan Straily in Thursday’s series opener against Minnesota.
Reliever Dan Otero likely will be away from the team Tuesday and Wednesday to be with his wife, Tiffany, who gave birth to the couple’s first child Monday.
Melvin went with Josh Reddick in right field over Brandon Moss against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson. He cited Reddick’s defense and the way he’s hit left-handers recently as two reasons why.
Starting Thursday, the A’s will begin following new security guidedlines recommended by Major League Baseball for all clubs. Fans entering the Coliseum will have to pass through a metal detector and empty their pockets, similar to airport security. The team encourages fans to show up well before first pitch to allow for the procedure.
Cal football coach Sonny Dykes chatted with Melvin, a former Golden Bear, before the game and was scheduled to throw out the first pitch. Dykes shared that he played baseball once upon a time.
“We’ll see what kind of arm he’s got,” Melvin said.
Ken Korach will sign purchased copies of his book on Bill King, “Holy Toledo,” before Sunday’s game from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Bar & Grille (formerly the West Side Club). The book will be available at the Gates C and D merchandise stores Friday-Sunday.