OAKLAND -- The A's today find themselves in exactly the position they were preparing for by bringing in Chris Young over the offseason for outfield depth -- though it's certainly much earlier than they were hoping to need him.
The A's this morning placed Yoenis CÃ©spedes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left hand suffered on an awkward slide during last night's 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Michael Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
CÃ©spedes hurt himself sliding into second base in the eighth inning Friday night. He had an MRI this morning that showed the strain, manager Bob Melvin said.
"Hopefully (15 days is) the timetable for it," Melvin said. "We want to make sure he's 100 percent healthy when he gets back.
"All things considered you certainly hope when a guy goes in the MRI tube that there's no ligament damage and you're not looking at surgery. With that being one of the potential options, maybe we got a little bit of a break as far as just a strain."
CÃ©spedes missed more than three weeks with a muscle strain in his left hand last season as well, but Melvin said this injury is more in the thumb area. CÃ©spedes rolled over in his slide and appeared to jam his left thumb against the infield dirt. He stayed in the game and played defense for three more innings but was pinch-hit for in the 11th.
Melvin said he thought CÃ©spedes "either slipped or caught his spike" on the slide, which caused him to roll.
"He's a very aggressive guy who goes into bases hard and at times it's something you have to deal with," Melvin said. "It wasn't just a technique thing."
CÃ©spedes is 8-for-40 on the season with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs but showed signs of heating up during the sweep of the Angels and was 5-for-15 over his last four games. Melvin said he hadn't spoken with CÃ©spedes since the results of the MRI came through but said of the decision to put CÃ©spedes on the DL: "He'll understand."
Taylor, who was hitting .410 in Triple-A Sacramento with multiple hits in six of nine games, is with the A's now. He said he caught a flight from Reno this morning and arrived around 10:30 a.m. He said it was tough to sleep last night after he found out late he'd be flying to the Bay Area to await the results of CÃ©spedes' MRI.
"I have a pretty consistent approach right now, and I don't think anything surprises me anymore," said Taylor, who has hit .176 in 17 games in two previous stints with the A's. "The first couple times you come up, you want to kind of ease into situations. I don't know if that's going to translate to more success.
"I'll be thrown into situations and be expected to be a productive player, so that's what I'm going to try to do."
Coco Crisp, who also left Friday night's game with a strained groin in the 10th inning, is out of today's lineup and is "day-to-day," Melvin said. Crisp played a couple innings on the groin after tweaking it getting back to first base on a series of pickoff moves, before the A's decided to remove him for precaution, Melvin said.
"You just want to be careful, especially with a groin, that if he has to take off hard after a ball you potentially could pull it and be out on the DL as well," Melvin said. "He's feeling a little bit better today. Hopefully it's literally day-to-day."
With both Crisp and CÃ©spedes out, the A's have Young in center field today and Seth Smith making the start in left. Melvin said of being able to plug in an established player like Young to the lineup: "You don't get that variable often."
Shortstop Jed Lowrie is also not in the lineup, getting a scheduled day off.
-- Matt Kawahara