Cespedes out again; Taylor sent down

Ben Enos comin at ya, filling in for Joe Stiglich

About two and a half hours before the A’s and Tigers get together for game two of their four-game series and it’s already been a fairly newsy day here at the Coliseum.

For starters, Yoenis Cespedes will not play again tonight as he continues to make his way back from a strained hand. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects Cespedes to take some more soft toss, do some tee work and then hit live pitching in the indoor cage a little later today. Cespedes told reporters “it doesn’t hurt a lot, it hurts some.” Melvin did say he thinks Cespedes still could potentially play tomorrow.

In other news, the A’s welcomed outfielder Collin Cowgill and reliever Andrew Carignan back to Oakland and said goodbye for now to outfielder Michael Taylor and reliever Jim Miller. Melvin was clear in saying the moves were strictly for need, saying they needed a center fielder and right-handed reliever.

Taylor and Miller might not be gone for long, as Melvin praised both for the way they played while with the team. Taylor hit only .188 in four games played, but Melvin said the 26-year old was taking better at-bats and looked more confident than he had in the past. Melvin also said Miller “opened some eyes” with the way he pitched, but said that after Miller threw three innings last night, the team needed a right-handed arm.

On the pitching front, Brandon McCarthy is good to go for his start tomorrow. He’ll be opposed by Doug Fister.

Finally, the music selection in pregame today has been tremendous. There’s even some singing in the press box. Scary, I know.

Today’s lineups:
A’s – Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Reddick RF, Ka’aihue DH, Smith LF, Inge 3B, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Cowgill CF. Milone P.
Tigers – Jackson CF, Dirks LF, Cabrera 3B, Fielder 1B, Young DH, Raburn RF, Peralta SS, Laird C, Worth 2B. Porcello P.

Joe Stiglich

  • crister

    Well, that Taylor prospect status ship sailed a long time ago…

  • marc

    No kidding. Keep Taylor up and give him a longer look. Send Barton down not Taylor. In fact, just waive Barton’s sorry ass. He sucks and would never be on another MLB roster. Enough is enough. I love the A’s and Barton is the only guy I dislike.

  • Stan

    Inge = Huff,2010.

  • Stan

    wow-heard a RiseGuys commercial of interviewing Beane..and Beane got it right SESSPED-EZ. Not that abomination that Kuiper puts out there. You can’t be a quality announcer if you can’t even say the superstar of the teams name right.

    SESSPED-EZ!!!! I cant be more phonetically simpler for ya Kuiper bro.

  • Stan

    Kuiper would have to be a dumb hick and or an elitist snob to say his name wrong from this point on. And don’t get me started that Cespedes is right there for Glenn Kuiper to ask any day or time…