A's Extras: Is Cespedes' wrist injury related to Derby?

A's Extras: Is Cespedes' wrist injury related to Derby?
July 19, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Yoenis Cespedes sat out Friday's game after his left wrist was sore following batting practice. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ANAHEIM -- While Yoenis Cespedes declined through a team spokesman to discuss the soreness in his left wrist that scratched him from the A's lineup prior to Oakland's 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, A's manager Bob Melvin did not think the issue was related to Cespedes' participation in Monday's Home Run Derby.

Cespedes won it and hit 32 total home runs, including 17 in the first round.

"I wouldn't think so," Melvin said when asked about a possible correlation. "You would think he would have felt it then, and he didn't, so it just popped up today.

"It came up today in batting practice…when he was taking some swings in the cage. He still felt it so we pulled him out to be proactive."

Melvin said Cespedes is day-to-day. Cespedes had the wrist heavily wrapped after the game.

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As expected, the A's optioned right-hander Sonny Gray to Triple-A Sacramento following the game to make roster room for Dan Straily, who will start Saturday's game against the Angels.

Gray threw two-plus innings of scoreless ball Friday, striking out three, walking one and giving up a single to Albert Pujols.

"Man, I don't know how he could have impressed more than that," Melvin said. "Throwing all four pitches and velocity's there, and movement's there, curveball, slider. I don't even remember him throwing that many sliders and he's got a good slider up here. So he's got all the weapons to be a good, a very good major league pitcher."

Gray made his major league debut July 10 at Pittsburgh. In four total innings over two appearances, he struck out six batter and allowed two hits and no runs.

"He's going to be a factor here, whether it's in the rotation or the bullpen is yet to be seen," Melvin said. "But that was the whole reason for getting him here and getting him acclimated and now that he's going down, knowing, 'I can go out there and people out.'"

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A's starter A.J. Griffin gave up three solo homers and on the season, 16 of the 21 home runs he's given up are solo shots, with 15 of 21 coming on the road.

"I feel like I pitched pretty well," Griffin said, "even with the three home runs."

Said Melvin: "It means he's trying to get ahead and throw strikes and guys that do have really good command tend to give up some homers at times and, for the most part, solos. And if we're scoring some runs, maybe it looks different."

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The A's have scored three runs or less in seven straight games while batting a combined .167 (36-for-215) with 13 runs scored in that time frame…Oakland's 3.45 ERA at night is the best in the American League…Albert Pujols' third-inning home run was No. 491 of his career.

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