Yoenis Cespedes likely to come off D.L. Friday and rejoin A’s

It feels like we just left the ballpark last night, but the A’s and Twins are back at it for a 12:10 p.m. (CT) game to close out this three-game series. The A’s are looking for some way, any way, to snap this seven-game losing streak. They can at least look forward to Friday, when all indications are outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will be activated from the disabled list. Cespedes was 2 for 4 on Tuesday in his second rehab game for Triple-A Sacramento, and he would have had a third hit on a double, but it was ruled he missed first base. The strained muscle in his left hand seems to be responding well. “He swung the bat well, he drove the ball,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He feels good.”

Will Cespedes rejoin the A’s on Friday in Kansas City? “I certainly hope so,” Melvin said. “That was kind of the plan. We’ll see.”

The A’s will have to clear a roster spot for Cespedes, and Collin Cowgill is the logical candidate to be sent down. But Cowgill is 7 for 11 over his past three games and he singled in the go-ahead run for the A’s in the seventh last night. As we know, Melvin loves the guy’s energy, particularly with the team going through such a rough period. “He’s been terrific,” Melvin said. “There’s a couple adjustments he made at the plate, and we’ve seen the results lately. He’s the type of player we need here. I don’t know (who will be demoted), but he would be a hard guy to send down.”

–Melvin still has confidence in Brian Fuentes after last night’s blown save, so don’t expect any changes for the ninth inning at this point. “That’s his first blown save (since taking over for Grant Balfour), and he feels worse about it than anybody here,” Melvin said. “One blown save? I think you wanna show confidence in him. He’s our option right now.”

–Brandon Inge gets a planned day off, in order to give him two days of rest with Thursday’s off-day. But we might see him as a pinch hitter.

The lineups:

A’s – Weeks 2B, Cowgill LF, Reddick RF, Gomes DH, Donaldson 3B, Suzuki C, Barton 1B, Crisp CF, Pennington SS; Ross RHP.

Twins – Span CF, Revere RF, Mauer DH, Willingham LF, Morneau 1B, Dozier SS, Casilla 2B, Butera C, Carroll 3B; Liriano LHP.

Joe Stiglich