ST PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 05: Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on May 5, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
The Oakland Athletics have activated Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list. Cespedes has been out since the beginning of May while dealing with a strained hand. To make room for Cespedes on their roster the A’s demoted right-handed starter Tyson Ross to Triple-A.
#Athletics reinstate Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) June 1, 2012
Cespedes got off to a solid start with the A’s before a hand injury forced him to the DL. Over his 106 at-bats Cespedes hit at a clip of .245/.319/.434 with 10 extra-base hits, 21 RBIs and four stolen bases.
Initially Cespedes and the A’s didn’t think the strain would cause the center fielder to miss an extended period of time. However, Cespedes experienced pain when swinging a bat and Oakland decided it would be best to shut the Cuban sensation down.
Cespedes wrapped up his minor league rehab assignment this week, going 3-9 at the plate over his brief three-game stint with the A’s Triple-A affiliate.
When Cespedes hit the DL the A’s were two games over .500. Upon his return Cespedes finds his team in the midst of an eight-game losing streak which has dropped them to an overall record of 22-29.