OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have reinstated left fielder Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list and designated Casper Wells for assignment. Cespedes injured his left hand on April 12 and has been on the DL since April 13. He is in the lineup batting fourth and he will be playing left field. The Cuban-born slugger says his left hand is 100 percent healthy, and healed well ahead of the estimated timetable.
"I'm very happy to be recovered in 15 days," Cespedes said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. "The doctor originally told me it could be 3-5 weeks."
Cespedes went 3 for 9 with five runs, four RBI, one home run, two walks, and one stolen base in three games with the Sacramento River Cats while on a rehab assignment.
The A's have struggled mightily in his absence. Cespedes injured himself in the final game of the A's nine-game winnings streak. Since then, the A's have gone 4-10. Since Cespedes joined the team, they are 90-48. Knowing that he was itching to get back on the field to help his team.
"I was feeling desperate, like I didn't know what to do," Cespedes said through his interpreter. "I was feeling very uncomfortable."
Wells, 28, was acquired from Toronto for cash considerations. He was 0 for 5 in three games and just one start.
Dan Straily is also in Oakland. He will be activated tomorrow and Brett Anderson will skip a turn in the rotation. Anderson is still feeling the effects of a sprained right ankle.