A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was in the Oakland starting lineup on Wednesday for the first time in five days. But now he’s likely headed to the disabled list.
According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Cespedes re-aggravated the left hamstring strain that he suffered last Thursday on a groundout to first base in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Rockies. He limped into the dugout and was replaced the next inning by Jonny Gomes.
The A’s medical team was hoping that the initial hamstring strain would simply heal on its own with a little under a week of rest. But that obviously didn’t happen, and Cespedes is almost certain to be placed on the shelf for the second time this season.
The 26-year-old Cuban is batting .273/.336/.485 with six home runs and 26 RBI through the first 36 games of his major league career. He inked a four-year, $36 million contract with the Athletics back in mid-February.
Yesterday free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki held a workout in California and representatives from at least eleven teams were on hand, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo. Among the clubs present: the Giants — who were said to have a “heavy presence,” including team president Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy — the Angels, Red Sox, Cubs, Padres, White Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Phillies, Tigers and Pirates.
Your first reaction to that may be “Um, really? For Tulowitzki?” But a moment’s reflection makes it seem more sensible. We’re so tied up in thinking of a player through the filter of their contract and, when we’ve done that with Tulowitzki over the past several years, it has made him seem like an albatross given the $20 million+ a year he was earning to either not play or play rather poorly due to injuries.
It was just the contract that was the albatross, though, right? An almost free Tulowitzki — which he will be given that the Blue Jays are paying him $38 million over the next two seasons — is a different matter. If you sign him it’ll be for almost no real money and he stands a chance to be an average or maybe better-than-average shortstop, which is pretty darn valuable. You might even get one quirky late career return-to-near-glory season from him, in which case you’ve hit the lottery. If, however, as seems more likely, he just can’t get it done at all, you’re not out anything and you can cut him with little or no pain.
Eleven teams think he’s at least a look-see. I bet one of them will offer him a major league deal. Maybe more than one. He’ll probably have his pick of non-roster invites to spring training. I can’t see the downside to at least doing that much.