Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 10 Hrs

Yoenis Cespedes had a nice night at the dish in Sunday's victory over the Rangers, going 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI.

He also came around to score a run in the ballgame. His two-run double off Mike Mikolas capped a five-run second inning. The Home Run Derby champion is now hitting .256/.305/.465 with 17 long balls and 65 RBI on the year.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 2 Days

Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) had an RBI single and a stolen base in his return to action Friday against the Rangers.

It was the only offense of the night for the A's. Cespedes sat out Thursday's game after he sprained his right thumb on an awkward swing on Wednesday, but it shouldn't be a lingering issue.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 3 Days

Yoenis Cespedes is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

Cespedes sat out Thursday after spraining his right thumb on an awkward swing Wednesday. Not only is he back in the lineup Friday, he's making just his second start this season in center field.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 3 Days

Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) was available to pinch-hit Thursday.

Cespedes didn't start the game after spraining his right thumb on an awkward swing Wednesday. It's a bit of a concern because he's had hand issues in the past, but this one does seem like a minor ailment. Cespedes is listed as day-to-day.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 4 Days

Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is not in the A's starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Astros.

Cespedes sprained his right thumb on a hard swing late Wednesday night -- after clubbing two home runs earlier in the game. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but the Cuban slugger could need multiple days of rest.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 4 Days

Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with a right thumb sprain.

Cespedes suffered the injury on a violent swing Wednesday night. He had homered twice in the game before exiting. X-rays were negative, but the slugger is likely to sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale with the Astros. The A's are calling him day-to-day.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 4 Days

Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in five runs before leaving Wednesday's game against the Astros with an apparent left thumb injury.

Cespedes went 2-for-4 before exiting in the seventh inning after jamming his hand while spinning to the ground on a violent swing. He's now riding a five-game hitting streak, and a three-game extra base hit streak. It's nice to see him break out of a funk, as he looked lost at the plate earlier this month. Cespedes came into this game batting .145 in July. Hopefully his hand bones are all intact after his nasty spill.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 13 Days

Yoenis Cespedes beat out Todd Frazier with nine home runs in the final round of Monday's Home Run Derby.

Cespedes needed a swing-off against teammate Josh Donaldson just to advance to the second round, but he caught fire after that and cruised through the next two rounds, hitting a total of 30 bombs through the night. Frazier needed a swing-off himself to get to Round 2 and stunningly won in the semi-finals with just one homer after Giancarlo Stanton had a donut. It's the second straight Home Run Derby crown for Cespedes. The only other player to win back-to-back Derby titles was Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 14 Days

Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-4 against the Mariners on Sunday.

Cespedes goes into the All-Star break on a 3-for-45 slide that's seen his overall line fall to .246/.299/.442. It's a disappointing development after a month of June in which he hit .324/.373/.491. He's shown the good and bad he has to offer, and owners just have to hope it's more good than bad in the second half.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. OAK 16 Days

Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Friday against the Mariners.

A's manager Bob Melvin indicated that Cespedes looked as though he could use a day off, and a daunting task against Felix Hernandez isn't a bad night to grab a breather. Expect to see the slugger back in the lineup on Saturday.