— Jimmy Durkin, filling in for the next two days for John Hickey
Yoenis Cespedes put a scare into A’s fans on Monday when he trotted off the field before the top of the fifth inning and left the game, prompting fears he was injured.
It was later announced he left with a stomach illness and the Cuban slugger is back in the lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers.
Cespedes feels better today, but, through a translator, said, “my stomach was all upside down yesterday.”
“It was upside down a couple times — in that bathroom,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said, motioning to the dugout bathroom. “You’ve got to make sure that Purell dispenser has plenty of refills.”
Melvin said he didn’t want Cespedes to become dehydrated from the loss of fluids and pull a muscle and that’s why he removed him from the game.
“I had to go out there and do everything but hold his hand and take him off the field, because he doesn’t want to come out of the game,” Melvin said. “He wants to play, but it was the right thing to do.
— Outfielders Coco Crisp (strained left hamstring) and Chris Young (strained left quad) are both eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. Crisp remains on track to be activated but Young is unlikely to return yet.
Crisp worked out before the game and was scheduled to be evaluated afterwards. If there are no setbacks, he’ll be activated for the series finale with the Rangers.
“Based on what we saw yesterday, he feels good and I think in his mind he’s ready to go,” Melvin said.
Young participated in another extended spring training game Tuesday in Arizona. He’ll be back in Oakland on Wednesday to be evaluated but is still feeling some soreness and Melvin said there’ s “probably not a good chance we activate him tomorrow.”
Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle) threw before the game and also participated in pitchers fielding practice. He can be activated from the DL on Friday and could make the start that night in the series opener against the Kansas City Royals. Melvin could make that announcement Wednesday morning.
— Melvin had all the pitchers on the field early Tuesday for fielding practice, something rarely seen outside of spring training.
“I think we need to do this periodically through the course of the season,” Melvin said. “In spring training, it’s all you do and you do it every day. You get into the season and it’s not typical to do something like that. I think every month, month and a half, I think it’s good to do, just to refresh.”
— The A’s have an off day on Thursday when the Warriors host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Melvin was asked if he planned to attend the game.
“I would like to. I don’t have a ticket at this point,” he said.
Within 10 minutes, Warriors radio broadcaster Tim Roye tweeted that vice president of public relations Raymond Ridder had secured two tickets for Melvin.
Melvin wore a Warriors shirt under his uniform during Monday’s win and said he planned to do so again Tuesday.