Yoenis Cespedes (hand) cleared for most baseball activities

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A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is making steady progress from the strained muscle in his left hand.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced on Tuesday evening that Cespedes has been cleared for “all baseball activity” expect hitting.

That means he’s playing catch, shagging balls and running. And should soon begin working with a tee.

Cespedes is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list early next week and seems likely to be ready right around then.

The 26-year-old Cuban center fielder was batting .245/.319/.434 with five home runs, five doubles, four stolen bases and 21 RBI through the first 119 plate appearances of his major league career.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.