Melvin on Donaldson: 'He's off to a good start'
Yoenis Céspedes was 5-for-15 (.333) over his last four games after starting the season 3-for-25. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have placed Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list and recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Sacramento. Cespedes hurt the area between his left thumb and the top of his hand when he made a tumbling slide into second base in the eighth inning.
Cespedes was not with the team on Saturday morning as he underwent an MRI exam on his left hand. The results showed no tears or structural damage and the A's are optimistic he will be ready to return in 15 days.
"We want to make sure he is 100 percent healthy when he gets back," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "All things considered, you certainly hope when a guy goes in an MRI tube that there's no ligament damage and that you're not looking at surgery, so that being one of the options, maybe we got a little bit of a [lucky] break."
Coco Crisp is suffering from a strained left groin. He is considered day to day and is feeling better on Saturday.
"You just want to be careful, especially with a groin," Melvin said. "If he has to take off hard after a ball potentially you could pull it and he's on the DL as well."
Crisp is riding a nine-game hitting streak and he is hitting .333 this season.
Knowing they would be short in the outfield, the A's let Taylor know he'd be heading to the Bay Area. He left Reno, Nevada this morning and hid out in the team hotel until Cespedes' results were revealed.
Taylor is batting .410 with five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in nine games with the River Cats this season. Recently, the A's favor playing the hot hand when calling up a player from Sacramento, and Taylor is certainly such an option.
"Right now I feel good, I've been swinging the bat well and I have a pretty consistent approach," Taylor said. "I think there aren't really a whole lot of surprises. I kind of know that I'm going to be thrown into situations and be expected to be a productive player."
Taylor has been up and down with the A's in the previous two seasons and some familiarity may benefit him positively. He is a career .176 hitter in 17 games with the A's. He is a .296 hitter in 663 career minor league games.
-- Infielder Jed Lowrie is taking a routine day off. Melvin told Lowrie he would be out of the lineup in advance of Saturday's game. Lowrie has played in each of the A's first 11 games.
-- Shortstop Hiro Nakajima is still not ready for a rehabilitation assignment. He needs to be able to sprint at full speed on his strained left hamstring before getting in some games.