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News on Cespedes good; updates on Nakajima, Rosales; spreading out mound time for the rotation

The news out of the clubhouse this morning concerning left fielder and cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes is good.

He doesn’t have much pain in his left elbow after having felt some there Saturday night and is getting Sunday off, at least mostly.

“There’s a good chance you could see him pinch-hit if we need him to,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s not swinging the bat as well as he normally does, and with a day off (Monday), that should help.’’

    Cespedes, talking Saturday night through interpreter Ariel Prieto, said his mechanics were off, but he gave every indication that he felt he knew how to address the problem.

“He’s pulling off the ball a little,’’ Melvin said. “but he has a good idea of what he’s doing. As we saw last year, he can not only make adjustments game to game, but he could make adjustments in the middle of an at-bat.’’

 

THE INJURY FRONT

There’s nothing all that much new to report on injured infielders Hiro Nakajima and Adam Rosales.

Both men are back in the Bay Area rehabbing and don’t seem to be all that close to heading out on an injury rehabilitation assignment. Nakajima has a hamstring injury and is thought to be closer to being ready than Rosales, who has a rib injury.

THE BIG REST

With the addition of Bartolo Colon to the rotation Saturday in Game 6 and with Monday a day off, most of the A’s rotation – Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin – will get six days off between starts this time around.

“We’re going to give our young starting pitchers bits of rest when we can,’’ Melvin said. “We’re trying to prepare ourselves to be ready for the end of the season, especially with the young guys.

“Parker saw a big innings jump last year (2012 in 2013 after 136.1 in 2011) in particular. We did it last year where we’d give these guys a full start off occasionally. We’re trying to combat the end of the season.’’

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.