The Oakland Athletics activated slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list on Friday, taking the roster spot opened by Tyson Ross on Thursday. Now the A's have to figure out where he slots into their outfield moving forward.
Even though the Cuban native was thought to be Oakland's everyday center fielder, Cespedes was playing strictly left field on his rehab assignment with the Sacramento Rivercats, where he went 3-9 with a run and a walk. Coco Crisp was the center fielder before Cespedes' arrival, and has played nine games there since his return form the DL.
Cespedes told CSN Bay Area's Casey Pratt that he is comfortable playing left field, having some experience playing there in Cuba.
"I played some time there in the National Cuban team and in Cuba too in the regular series," Cespedes said through translator Ariel Prieto. "It's OK, but I want to help the team. Whatever position they want me to play I will play."
Either way, he will be a sight for sore Oakland fans' eyes who were 15-13 with him in their lineup and just 7-15 without him. He led all AL rookies with 5 homers and 21 RBI when he hit the DL back in the middle of May.
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