Yoenis bounces back from upset stomach
A's outfielder returns to lineup day after illness forced early exit
OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes said his stomach "was all upside down yesterday," but the A's outfielder felt well enough Tuesday night to rejoin the lineup for the second game of a three-game set with the Rangers.
"I am feeling very well today," Cespedes said through a Spanish-speaking reporter.
The Cuban slugger, who hit a home run in the third inning on Monday following a 1-for-20 stretch, was warming up in center field before the start of the fifth but was called back to the dugout and removed from the game, with the A's later announcing that he had a "stomach illness."
Manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Cespedes' stomach was "upside down a couple of times," as he looked toward the dugout restroom, before joking, "We have to make sure that Purell dispenser has plenty of refills."
Cespedes entered the day 24-for-65 (.369) with six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 11 RBIs in 18 career games against the Rangers.
Melvin ejected from matchup with Rangers
OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected from Tuesday night's 6-5 loss to the Rangers in 10 innings after arguing a close play on Daric Barton's groundout that ended the eighth with the game tied.
With two outs and a runner on first base in a 4-4 contest, Barton grounded the ball to shortstop Elvis Andrus, who took his time throwing to first baseman Mitch Moreland. Replays indicate that Barton may have beaten the throw, but that's not what first-base umpire D.J. Reyburn saw, calling Barton out.
Melvin immediately raced from the dugout and, after a brief exchange with Reyburn, was ejected.
"I probably deserved to go. Yeah, I did," Melvin said. "I thought for sure from where I was that he was safe, and it wasn't the case. I think it was very close, but it looked like he was out and he got the call right. I deserved to be thrown out."
It was the third ejection of the season for the A's manager.
Coco returns Wednesday; Young likely to follow Friday
OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp is on track to be lifted off the disabled list for Wednesday's series finale with the Rangers, but Chris Young is not.
Young will rejoin the A's, but "there's probably not a good chance we activate him tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said. That makes it more likely he returns Friday, following Thursday's off-day.
"I don't know that he feels that he's 100 percent," Melvin continued, "but until we talk to him tomorrow and see firsthand how he looks, I'm not really sure."
Young, dealing with a strained left quad, played in an extended spring training game for a second consecutive day Tuesday, picking up five at-bats while experiencing some "natural soreness," Melvin said.
Crisp, meanwhile, took part in full pregame workouts with the A's on Tuesday, and outfielder Michael Taylor was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento after the club's 6-5 loss to Texas, making roster room in advance of Crisp's likely return.
"I'm optimistic," said Melvin. "I think there's a great chance. Today he said he could have played. The plan is to play him tomorrow."
Taylor was recalled from Sacramento May 4 for his second stint with the A's this year and went 1-for-17 with two walks in six games, including five starts.
Melvin looking for A's to shore up defense
OAKLAND -- Oakland's defensive doings this year haven't exactly wowed its manager, which prompted extra early work before Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.
It's something Bob Melvin likes doing, anyway, no matter how his club is fielding.
"I think we need to do this periodically during the course of the season," Melvin said. "During Spring Training, it's all we do. We do it every day, and then we get into the season and it's not typical to do something like that."
The A's entered Tuesday tied for the fourth-lowest fielding percentage (.983) in the American League, having tallied 24 errors. Last year, they finished third in that category (.982) after committing 111 errors.
"If it's once every month or so," Melvin said of the extra work, "I think it's good just to refresh on things, whether it's bunt plays or just fielding your position if we're not doing it as well as we'd like, which to this point has been the case."
• Brett Anderson threw a bullpen on Tuesday and also took part in fielding drills. As long as the lefty comes into Wednesday void of any pain in his ankle, "We'll then have a date for him to pitch," Melvin said.
Anderson could rejoin the A's rotation as soon as Friday, when the team begins a three-game home set with the Royals.
• Hiro Nakajima (hamstring) went 1-for-5 with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, which marked his third consecutive day played. He'll take Wednesday off and then play four in a row. Overall, he's 7-for-29 (.241) with the River Cats.
"From everything that I hear, he's getting more and more comfortable, not only in the field but at the plate," Melvin said. "We want to make sure he gets plenty of at-bats and plays plenty of games to where he doesn't have to feel the hamstring."