The Athletics won another thriller last night against the Blue Jays, but they were given a bit of a scare when slugger Yoenis Cespedes was lifted for pinch-hitter Michael Taylor in the eighth inning. It turns out he sprained his right wrist when he was thrown out trying to steal third base in the sixth inning.
Cespedes is out of the lineup this afternoon and is currently considered day-to-day. Athletics manager Bob Melvin told Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com that the Cuban outfielder will try to swing the bat today and could potentially be available off the bench, so it doesn’t sound like a major concern.
Cespedes is batting .310/.370/.531 with 14 home runs, 54 RBI, nine stolen bases and a .901 OPS in 74 games played this season. He has missed 32 games due to hand, hamstring and thumb injuries. The A’s are 46-28 with him in the lineup and just 12-20 without him.
Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon was released from his minor league deal with the Rangers on Saturday, MLB.com’s TR Sullivan reports. Despite his strong showing in spring training, Colon wasn’t considered a lock to make the Opening Day rotation. This may not be the end of his time with the team, however — according to multiple reports, the Rangers have expressed their desire to restructure a minor league deal with the right-hander and could work out an arrangement to keep him on as bullpen and Triple-A depth this season.
Colon, 44, is preparing for his 21st year in the majors. He split his 2017 campaign with the Braves and Twins, posting a cumulative 7-14 record in 28 starts and finishing the season with a 6.48 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 5.6 SO/9 in 143 innings. While those numbers were some of the worst he’d seen since 2009, the veteran righty made a compelling case in camp this spring, holding batters to six earned runs, four home runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts in 18 innings.
The Rangers are expected to open the season with a rotation comprised of Cole Hamels, Doug Fister, Matt Moore, Mike Minor and Martin Perez. Perez is working his way back from an elbow injury in his non-throwing arm and is slated to miss his first start of the season, which would provide a brief window of opportunity for Colon when the Rangers hit the road in April.