By Joe Stiglich
Posted: 03/12/2012 07:05:03 PM PDT
Updated: 03/13/2012 06:33:51 AM PDT
GLENDALE, Arizona — A’s general manager Billy Beane is impressed with Yoenis Cespedes thus far, but he insisted Monday that the outfielder must be judged on a larger body of work than two exhibitions.
Cespedes homered and had an RBI single Saturday in his first Cactus League game, then went 0 for 3 with a walk Sunday. He was off Monday but is expected back in center field Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Beane would not guarantee Cespedes will be in the lineup March 28 when the A’s open the regular season against the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo.
“Whether we think he’ll be ready to handle it the first game of the year or the 10th game, we just don’t know,” Beane said. “I think we’ll just have a feel. If we think he can handle it up here, we’ll make that decision.”
Unless Cespedes struggles mightily between now and the opener, it’s difficult envisioning that he won’t occupy a spot in the middle of the batting order that day.