Yoenis Cespedes had a cortisone shot after Wednesday’s game and is out of the lineup. Not great news for the A’s considering he has hit safely in all nine of his games against the Twins while batting .457 with two homers and 14 RBIs.

But the A’s need Cespedes in top shape for the postseason. While he has improved in recent days the A’s anticipate he’ll return to full strength quicker with the shot.

Cespedes could return as the designated hitter as early as Friday manager Bob Melvin said.

“We want him in the outfield and we want him to throw” Melvin said. “Sometimes (a shot) speeds up the process. He has been feeling better with it as of late but we felt this could speed it up even more so and give us a better chance to get him in the outfield sooner than later.”

—– Coco Crisp will be presented the Catfish Hunter Award as the A’s most inspirational player before the game. Players coaches and staff members voted for the award.

“I think just because I’m the oldest position player on the team” Crisp said. “I go out there and try my best. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but I try to give 100 percent. I think that’s what our team’s all about so hopefully that’s one of the major reasons why they selected me.”

Manager Bob Melvin said “Since I’ve been here he’s been one of the most respected guys if not the most respected guy in the clubhouse on a daily basis for us. He could’ve won it last year the year before probably. Very deserving. He was the guy for it this year.”

The voting wasn’t unanimous.

“I didn’t vote for myself” Crisp said.

—– Crisp is a stolen base shy of joining the 20-20 club for homers and steals. He’d be the 10th player in A’s history to do the 20-20 thing.

—– John Jaso (concussion DL) has made great strides in recent days and the tentative plan is for him to start playing instructional league games in Arizona early next week.