Yoenis Céspedes arrived in camp and made the biggest noise of the day, blasting a homer over the batter's eye in center on Field One at Papago Park.
Manager Bob Melvin, who threw the pitch, had thought he might hold Céspedes homerless Sunday. As he watched the ball sail way over the high fence, Melvin lamented, "Por qué, man?"
Céspedes modestly said the wind helped him, but Melvin pointed out that the wind was definitely blowing in.
The outfielder was in a great mood for the A's first workout, a change from the end of the season when he was concerned about a pending financial legal hearing in the Dominican Republic and his family's safety there. The lawsuit will be settled March 15, Céspedes said Sunday, and his family is out of the Dominican Republic, waiting for U.S. visas on Caicos Islands.
"It weighed on my mind sometimes, yes," Céspedes said through interpreter Ariel Prieto. "I tried to be focused every day and not let it be a problem and keep me from playing baseball. ... That was a distraction for me, but I tried to put it aside."
Céspedes said he put on 5 pounds this winter because he lost about 8 during last season, so he wants to start ahead a little bit. The severe bone bruise on his right foot took about two weeks to heal, he said.
He isn't thrilled by the prospect of being a designated hitter a little more this year, saying he'd prefer to play in the field every day. Melvin said he likes players to think that way. Still, considering how hard Céspedes plays, Melvin would like to get him some rest occasionally without losing his bat from the lineup. That means: DH.


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