The Cuban import will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday, Athletics manager Bob Melvin told reporters on Friday. Cespedes will bat second and play center field against the Reds at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Saturday. Jonny Cueto will start for the Reds.
"Am I looking forward to seeing him out there? Absolutely," Melvin told reporters (via MLB.com). "I think everybody is, even his teammates. It was a wait to even see him [in camp]. Then he gets there and it's all eyes on batting practice. Then it was Papago. We're looking forward to see him out there and being part of the team."
Cespedes played a simulated game at the team's Papago Park in Phoenix on Friday in front of A's general manager Billy Beane and owner Lew Wolff.
Cespedes' former teammate on the Cuban national team, Aroldis Chapman, won't pitch in the game. He threw two perfect innings in Friday's game against the Giants.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.