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Hamstring strain to keep Cespedes out for a few games

Yoenis Cespedes is in quest of the perfect hybrid swing

The A’s are going to miss Yoenis Cespedes for a couple of games, at least.

And given that his injury is a strained left hamstring, they will consider themselves lucky if he doesn’t wind up on the disabled list.

Cespedes can make it down the line very quickly; he has great natural speed. His hamstrings take the wear and tear of quick stops and starts, however, and if the injury is anything more than the mildest of hamstring problems, they may feel it is best to err on the side of sitting him for 15 days to make sure he’s healthy when he returns.

For now, Brandon Moss will play left field Friday with Daric Barton at first base against the Astros’ right-handed Brad Peacock.

Come Saturday, when lefty Dallas Keuchel is on the mound, look for the right-handed Craig Gentry to play in left with the near certainty that the A’s will have to stick two left-handed hitters in the lineup – probably Moss at first base and Josh Reddick in right field.

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.