ARLINGTON, Texas -- A's Manager Bob Melvin had hoped to get Yoenis Cespedes back in left field for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, but for the fifth consecutive game Cespedes served as the designated hitter for Oakland.
Cespedes missed two games after tweaking his hamstring, then returned as the DH. Things are slowly improving, but not so much that Melvin and the A's medics are ready to put Cespedes back in the field on defense.
"He's not quite there yet," Melvin said. "His legs aren't 100 percent."
And Melvin said until Cespedes is healthy, the A's won't put him in the field, particularly when it's 90-plus degrees.
"The heat plays into it," Melvin said. "You get dehydrated playing in it."
The A's, who just finished a stretch of playing 17 consecutive games, had a day off last week and now are in a stretch of 13 games in succession. Having his team playing 30 out of 31 days as temperatures climb means Melvin has to make sure his players don't get worn out.