Yoenis Cespedes has missed 34 games this year, but he’s already played 20 more than the 90-game seasons he’s accustomed to in Cuba, and he’s not close to done. If things go his way, Cespedes will be in the lineup for the final 19 games of his rookie season and beyond.
“I’m going to be in the lineup every day,” Cespedes said through translator Ariel Prieto. “I’ll rest when we get a championship.”
...Longevity in baseball is all about adjustments. If his first year playing a 162-game season in a new country against decidedly tougher pitching is any indication, Cespedes could be around for awhile. But Melvin and the A’s have a responsibility to keep Cespedes sharp this year, and if it means a day off, he’ll have to deal with it. The team is already trying to limit his extra batting practice, as Melvin cited his work ethic and habits of arriving early and taking plenty of swings.
Cespedes, whose wrists were already taped four hours before gametime Friday, said his injury is feeling better, but it’s still “a little sore.” Indicating he’s ready to go, Cespedes joked in English, “I can walk.”
Then he went out and hit—in his regularly-scheduled batting practice—a 400-foot bomb to left field that landed in an empty seat in Oakland Coliseum’s second deck. He can swing too.
Posted: September 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM | 35 comment(s)
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