05/11/2013 9:20 PM ET
Cespedes striking out more than usual lately
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Since Yoenis Cespedes' name draws more attention than any of his A's teammates, so do his strikeouts.
Cespedes entered Saturday's game in Seattle having fanned six times in his previous eight at-bats, with his strikeout total up to 30 spanning 89 at-bats this season.
That means he's striking out 33.7 percent of the time. Last year, he struck out at a 20.9 percent rate.
"It's probably him trying to do a little too much, and then there are times during the season where you don't see the ball as well as you normally would, and those sometimes end up in some strikeouts," manager Bob Melvin said. "Look, he's not the only one that's not swinging the bat well right now. You're just more aware of when he's not swinging the bat well than the group around him."
The A's scored just 20 runs while hitting .207 over the first eight games of the road trip, six of them losses. Only three of those runs were scored Friday night, though Melvin uncharacteristically stuck with the same lineup on Saturday.
"You can't just say you have stretches like this and hope to come out of it," Melvin said. "You have to do something to come out of it. We're still grinding on it."
Young on track to return from DL on Wednesday
SEATTLE -- Rehabbing A's outfielder Chris Young is scheduled to get some at-bats in Arizona beginning Monday, putting him on track to return from the disabled list when eligible on Wednesday.
Young will travel to Arizona on Sunday and participate in extended spring games the following two days to ensure his strained left quad is no longer an issue.
But the A's aren't as optimistic about their other two injured outfielders, with no timetable on the horizon for either Coco Crisp (left hamstring) or Josh Reddick (right wrist) to return.
Crisp "is feeling better," manager Bob Melvin said Saturday, and could begin running the bases within the next few days. Whether he needs a rehab assignment is not yet known. Reddick, meanwhile, is simply getting treatment on his sprained wrist.
The A's have won just three games since Crisp and Young were placed on the DL on April 30.
• A's lefty Brett Anderson (right ankle) will be limited to 85 pitches for his rehab start with Double-A Midland on Sunday, Melvin said.
• Rehabbing shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima (left hamstring) had a scheduled off-day on Saturday in preparation for playing three straight games for the first time with Triple-A Sacramento beginning Sunday.