OAKLAND -- The A's ninth consecutive victory came at a cost on Friday night. Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp both left the game with injuries. Crisp strained his left groin and is considered day-to-day. It is undetermined how the injury occurred. Cespedes hurt the thumb side of his left hand. His X-rays came back negative.
Cespedes' injury occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning after he reached base on a walk. He was stealing second base when Brandon Moss struck out and accidentally hit catcher Alex Avila on his backswing. Cespedes was ordered to go back to first by home plate umpire Paul Nauert, who made the case that Moss interfered with Avila. Melvin objected, to no avail.
Moments later, Cespedes tried to steal second base, but was picked off. As he slid into second he tried a hook slide but tumbled awkwardly past the bag and stayed on the ground for a long time as Melvin, the trainers, interpreter Ariel Prieto and even Josh Reddick checked on him. After a lenghty injury delay he popped up and ran to left field, staying in the game.
He was removed from the game before his spot in the batting order came up in the 11th inning.
Chris Young and Seth Smith will get the bulk of playing time if Cespedes or Crisp are forced to miss any time. Reddick had just returned to the lineup on Friday after spraining his right wrist on Sunday.
If either of the A's injured outfielders go on the disabled list, Shane Peterson would likely be the first guy up from Triple-A Sacramento.