OAKLAND – The A's guarded themselves against potential outfield injuries this offseason, adding Chris Young to create five viable options.
Surely, though, they hoped they wouldn't need that depth so soon.
The A's placed left fielder Yoenis Céspedes on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle in his left hand suffered on an awkward slide during Friday night's 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Outfielder Michael Taylor was recalled from the River Cats.
Céspedes, who was injured sliding into second base in the eighth inning, had an MRI on Saturday morning that showed the injury, manager Bob Melvin said.
"Hopefully, (15 days is) the timetable for it," Melvin said. "We want to make sure he's 100 percent healthy when he gets back.
"All things considered, you certainly hope when a guy goes in the MRI tube that there's no ligament damage and you're not looking at surgery. With that being one of the potential options, maybe we got a little bit of a break."
Céspedes missed time with a muscle strain in his left hand last season as well, but Melvin said this injury is in a different area. Céspedes rolled over on the slide and appeared to jam his left thumb against the infield dirt. He stayed in the game defensively but was pinch-hit for in the 11th.
Melvin said he thought Céspedes "either slipped or caught his spike" on the slide, which caused him to roll.
"He's a very aggressive guy who goes into bases hard, and at times it's something you have to deal with," Melvin said. "It wasn't just a technique thing."
Céspedes is batting .200 with three home runs and seven RBIs but was 5 for 15 over his last four games.
Taylor, who caught a flight from Reno on Saturday morning, was hitting .410 in Triple-A with multiple hits in six of nine games.
"I have a pretty consistent approach right now, and I don't think anything surprises me anymore," said Taylor, who has hit .176 in 17 games in two previous stints with the A's. "I'll be thrown into situations and be expected to be a productive player, so that's what I'm going to try to do."
Meanwhile, center fielder Coco Crisp, who left Friday's game with a strained groin, is "day-to-day," Melvin said.
Crisp played two innings after tweaking the groin getting back to first base on a pickoff move before the A's decided to remove him for precaution, Melvin said.
Young started in center field Saturday, with Seth Smith making his second start in left.
Melvin said of being able to plug in an established player like Young to the lineup: "You don't get that variable often."