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.
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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.