Yoenis Cespedes diagnosed with muscle strain in hand, listed as day-to-day

The latest on Yoenis Cespedes …

He was diagnosed with a strained muscle in the back of his left hand, and A’s manager Bob Melvin lists him as day to day. “We’ll see if he can swing a bat tomorrow,” Melvin said. “If everything feels good, potentially (he could play tomorrow night). If not, maybe the next day.”

Cespedes said he originally hurt his hand during a series at Boston last week, but the pain went away quickly and there was no need for him to miss time. Then he aggravated the injury during batting practice Tuesday. Cespedes said he was relieved the injury wasn’t more serious. “I feel good that it’s just a little thing,” Cespedes said through interpreter Ariel Prieto. When Cespedes was asked if he had a feeling how long it would take for his hand to be ready, Prieto volunteered a “No” answer for him.

In other injury news, Brandon McCarthy said he definitely expects to make Saturday’s start against Detroit, and that he would only join the disabled list if his shoulder doesn’t respond well in that outing. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

Joe Stiglich