Day to day in outfield, Cespedes starts at DH

Day to day in outfield, Cespedes starts at DH

Day to day in outfield, Cespedes starts at DH
DETROIT -- Yoenis Cespedes made an appearance at designated hitter on Thursday for the A's series finale in Detroit, as manager Bob Melvin looked to rest his outfielder's right foot.

Cespedes has been dealing with a bone bruise on the bottom of his foot for several days, so he's been deemed by Melvin as "day to day, as far as playing the outfield, depending on how he feels on a particular day."

With Cespedes unavailable in the outfield and Coco Crisp (pink eye) also still sidelined Thursday, Melvin put out a new-look lineup, with Josh Reddick manning center field and batting second in front of Cespedes, and Brandon Moss and Seth Smith drawing starts in right and left, respectively.

Cespedes has been essential to the A's improved offensive success in the second half, and despite enduring an injury, has managed to go 7-for-15 over his last five games. The A's are 72-42 when he starts and 12-22 when he doesn't.