Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes took batting practice on the field at Fenway Park on Monday. It is the first time Cespedes has faced pitching since he was placed on the disabled list April 13 with a strained left hand.
Cespedes swung the bat without holding back. There were no signs that his left hand bothered him during the batting practice session.
The A's cleanup hitter is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday. They could really use his bat back in the lineup. Without Cespedes this season, the A's are 4-5. They are 8-2 when he starts. Last season the A's were 82-46 with him in the starting lineup and 12-22 when he didn't play.
A's manager Bob Melvin told radio Ken Korach on the A's radio network that he wouldn't rule out getting the slugger back by Sunday.
Cespedes' hand injury occurred when he lost his footing and tumbled into second base on April 12. He had an MRI that showed no extensive damage in his hand. He has been wearing a removable soft cast.
Cespedes is hitting .200 with three home runs and seven RBI in 11 games this season.