Cespedes acknowledged he's dealing with some discomfort in his right heel, but it was not enough to keep him from starting Monday.
"When I have to run, I can run. It's fine," he said.
Cespedes got off to a slow start this year, but may have turned a corner in the eighth inning. Cespedes took the first pitch thrown by Yoervis Medina, and took it out to center field for a solo home run.
Cespedes finished the game 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. He also managed to draw a walk in a previous plate appearance.
"If he was up there raking and was hitting .128, and really feeling good at the plate, that would be one thing," Moss told the Bay Area News Group. "But he's up there working on things, trying to shorten his swing."
Cespedes has regressed since a fine rookie season in 2012. He experienced significant drops in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage and his problems have followed him to spring training.
Cespedes is working to make more contact this season, which should help raise his average. He's planning to shorten his swing, but doesn't think it will impact his power output. Cespedes also reported to camp weighing 225 pounds. The weight listed on the team program has Cespedes at 210. He's hoping the new approach will make him more consistent at the plate.
Cespedes hit .240/.294/.442 in 529 at-bats last year.
Cespedes must prove his worth to remain with the team long-term. His batting average dropped markedly to .240 in 2013, though his power numbers remained steady with 26 home runs and 80 RBI. He has been involved in trade rumors during the offseason.
"What I would like is to finish my four years here in Oakland and maybe get an extension because this is the team that gave me the opportunity to play here, and I will not forget that," he told MLB.com.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|4/15/2014 vs L.A. Angels|
|vs L.A. Angels||3||1||1||.500||1.333||.333|
|vs Kluber (Career)||5||3||1||1.400||.600||.600|
|Last 7 Games|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2012||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||3||9||1||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.455||.333||.333|
|2013||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||3||9||5||3||0||0||1||4||2||3||1||0||.455||.667||.333|