Cespedes returns to A’s lineup (UPDATED)

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Yoenis Cespedes returns to the lineup for the A’s for the first time in a week. He had one at bat against Colorado on June 13 before aggravating his strained left hamstring injury. He had a good workout on the field before yesterday’s game and it was expected he might be able to go today. He’ll serve as the DH and bat fourth. Here’s the full A’s lineup tonight against the Dodgers and RHP Nathan Eovaldi.

CF Crisp
2B Weeks
RF Reddick
DH Cespedes
LF Smith
1B Moss
SS Pennington
C Suzuki
3B Sogard
LHP Milone (6-5, 4.48 ERA)


Some more news and notes for you. LHP Jordan Norberto, on the disabled list since June 4 (retroactive to May 31) with a left shoulder strain, is close to returning. He pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday and was in the clubhouse Wednesday. It’s possible he could be activated Thursday, manager Bob Melvin said.

RHP Tyson Ross will be recalled from Triple-A in time to start Saturday’s game against the Giants. Ross went sent to Sacramento on Sunday, a day after allowing one hit in six innings in a no-decision against San Diego. He’ll be the player to be called up as the corresponding move when Bartolo Colon goes on the disabled list, which is an inevitability. Ross would normally need to wait 10 days after being sent down before he could be called up, but the exception comes if he replaces a player going on the DL.

That leads to Colon. He hasn’t been placed on the DL with his oblique injury, but it’s a near certainty. There’s no reason to make the move yet, because a corresponding move isn’t needed. But expect it to happen by Saturday when Ross will need to be recalled.

More on Cespedes. He declined to speak to reporters before the game, but Melvin is happy with where he’s at. He ran well during a rigorous workout yesterday, clocking times of 4 seconds to first base and running well going first to third. He’ll have to focus on staying loose in between at bats, likely riding an exercise bike in the clubhouse. It’s his first career start as a designated hitter. Melvin said the team will go day-to-day with Cespedes in the DH role.

Here’s the Dodgers lineup:

SS Gordon
RF Herrera
DH Ethier
1B Rivera
2B Hairston Jr
LF Abreu
3B Uribe
CF Gwynn Jr.
C Ellis
RHP Eovaldi (0-2, 1.82 ERA)

Joe Stiglich