Manager Bob Melvin made a point before Friday’s game against the Angels of saying that the Home Run Derby victory by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes came without Cespedes getting injured.
It was a concern, because taking a large number of swings aimed at delivering baseballs into the bleachers has derailed more than one slugger after Home Run Derby wins over the years.
Then just before game time, Cespedes was scratched from the A’s starting lineup in left, replaced by Chris Young. The A’s said it was left wrist soreness that led to Cespedes being pulled.
Cespedes, who said before the game he didn’t have time to talk with the media, took batting practice as normal, but he wasn’t producing the gargantuan blasts that had been the building blocks of his Derby win.
Since he was in the lineup, it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time. But with him being scratched just before game time, perhaps it will be an issue down the line.
The A’s need Cespedes in the lineup. They are 49-29 with him in the starting lineup.
On the other hand, he’d come into the game homerless in 19 consecutive games and the A’s were 12-7 in those games.