Yoenis Cespedes likely returning to A’s Friday

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From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes took batting practice on the field Saturday and is on track to return to the Oakland lineup this Friday.

Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a strained muscle in his left hand. He’ll take batting practice again Sunday before embarking on a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

Cespedes, 26, is batting .245/.319/.434 with five homers, 21 RBI and four stolen bases through the first 119 plate appearances of his major league career. He signed a four-year, $36 million contract this winter.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.