In for Joe Stiglich …
Yoenis Cespedes took another round of batting practice Sunday before the game and crushed the ball. He hit three out — one ball traveling well over 400 feet — and another off the wall. Then he walked away from the batting cage smiling and accepting high fives. So it appears his hand issue may be a thing of the past, and while the A’ s haven’t yet made it official, Cespedes will likely be playing for Triple-A Sacramento Monday night against Reno on what should be a brief rehab assignment.
Brandon Inge, following a 5-fror-5 night with the RiverCats Saturday night which included a grand slam (yet another) and 7 RBIs, is flying out with the team later today and almost certainly will be activated from the DL Monday. The A’s will have to make a roster move to accommodate Inge.
It remains to be seen how long it will take Manny Ramirez to join Oakland. After some comments he made about still being in “spring training mode,” the A’s may not bring him to the majors on Wednesday, May 30, his 40th birthday and the day he is eligible to come off the suspended list. Ramirez is just 6-for-25 so far with Sacramento with no extra-base hits. Manager Bob Melvin said earlier in the week he wants to make sure Ramirez is feeling good about his swing and driving the ball before Ramirez is activated.
Here’s a good bet: Cespedes and Ramirez rejoin the club together in Kansas City on Friday, June 1. It makes sense, because the A’s have an off day on Thursday, while the RiverCats have a game scheduled. It gives Cespedes and Manny an extra day of rehab.
Brandon McCarthy, meanwhile, is scheduled to come off the disabled list June 2.
The A’s optioned Graham Godfrey to Sacramento and called up Andrew Carignan.
A’s: 2B Weeks, CF Crisp, RF Reddick, LF Smith, DH Ka’aihue, 3B Donaldson, 1B Barton, C Suzuki, SS Pennington. P Milone
Yankees: SS Jeter, CF Granderson, 1B Teixeira, 3B Rodriguez, 2B Cano, RF Swisher, DH Jones, LF Nix, C Stewart. P Kuroda.