Manager Bob Melvin said that Yoenis Céspedes is a "little bit better" after coming out of Friday night's game with continued right shoulder soreness but the team won't really get a read on how he is until he hits and throws something he didn't do Saturday.

He's unlikely to play in the regular-season finale.

Céspedes felt the soreness on a swing which is new. Melvin doesn't know if that indicates any change in the severity of the problem or is reason for more concern. "He does have a dramatic swing there's a lot going on" Melvin said. "He creates a lot of torque."

The feeling around the team is that Céspedes will be fine given that the postseason doesn't begin until Friday for Oakland.

The four-day break could benefit a lot of players besides Céspedes the bullpen in particular.

In addition one of the A's starters could use some extra rest - A.J. Griffin has been pitching on a sore right ankle for most of this month.