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A's place Yoenis Cespedes on disabled list with hand injury

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The A's will be without outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for at least a couple of weeks. (USATSI)

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As noted in this space, A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was removed from Friday night's game after injuring his hand during a slide. Now, the A's have placed Cespedes on the 15-day disabled list with what's being termed a strained muscle in his left hand. Outfielder Michael Taylor has been recalled to take Cespedes's place on the active roster.

Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee tweets that A's manager Bob Melvin is hopeful that Cespedes can be activated after the minimum 15 days.

The 27-year-old Cespedes is off to a bit of a slow start this season: .200/.298/.450 with three home runs in 40 at-bats. In his rookie season of 2012, the Cuban defector was vital to Oakland's playoff run, as he put up a 137 OPS+ and tallied 23 homers and 16 steals in 129 games. He finished second to Mike Trout in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting.

As for Taylor, also 27, he's a career .296/.379/.474 in parts of seven minor-league seasons (including a .410/.452/.769 line at Triple-A this season), but he has put up an OPS of just .505 in 56 plate appearances at the major-league level. The A's originally acquired Taylor as part of the 2009 three-way trade that sent Roy Halladay from Toronto to the Phillies.

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