• Rehabbing outfielder Cespedes went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk while playing left field in his second game with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. He'll serve as the River Cats' designated hitter on Saturday, and barring any setbacks with his injured left hand, will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.
• Outfielder Josh Reddick's improved plate approach warranted a move back to the No. 3 hole, where he mostly hit last year, for Friday's contest. He has six hits in his last 16 at-bats, after starting the year just 5-for-48.
"This is a spot he's comfortable hitting in," Melvin said. "Based on the fact he's swinging well again, it's the right day to put him back in there. We'll see where it goes from here."
• Nakajima, stationed in Arizona for extended spring training as he continues to rehab a strained left hamstring, took four at-bats on Thursday and was scheduled to do the same Friday. Melvin said the shortstop will "do a few more days of this" before moving on to a Minor League stint.
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