SEATTLE -- It took eight days, but Yoenis Cespedes finally won his battle.

Cespedes, who spent the previous seven games as Oakland's designated hitter with an ailing hamstring giving him trouble, was back in left field Friday night for the opener of a three-game series between the A's and the Seattle Mariners.

When he arrived at the ballpark, Cespedes could look at a lineup that had nine players listed for the A's, but only seven positions. The positions for Cespedes and Seth Smith were left blank.

"The trainers want to see him run," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "And he wants to play left field."

Cespedes ran, satisfied the medics and was penciled into left field with Smith down to serve as the D.H.

The D.H. vs. outfield issue has seemed to be bigger this year for Cespedes than it was a year ago when he was debuting with Oakland. He hit .320 as a DH in 2012 while hitting .268 when playing in the field.

This time around, he's hitting .234 in the field and just .191 as the D.H. In his most recent seven games as the D.H., he's even worse, just 4 for 28, .143.

Manager Bob Melvin said the differences in the numbers doesn't particularly surprise him.

"Last year's numbers (mostly) came when he was getting a day off (as the D.H.)," Melvin said. "It's a big difference from that and doing multiple days in a row."

  • Catcher Derek Norris wasn't in the starting lineup Friday, but he could have been.


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    He's healthy enough, he said, two days after being hobble when a foul tip caught him in the groin causing, he said, pain worse than any he'd ever known.

    "I'm doing good," Norris said. "The pain is all gone."

  • That gives third baseman Josh Donaldson a reprieve from having to think about serving as the backup catcher to starter John Jaso. Donaldson got the job because he was a catcher until being moved to third base last in spring training 2012.

    "Norris is available, much more so than he was last night," Melvin said. "He said he could play (Thursday), but the way he was walking around, it could only have been in an emergency."

  • The A's announced the signing of three more players for the draft earlier this month Friday, and they've now signed 31 of the 42 players they drafted, including 14 of the first 15.

  • Agreeing to terms are fifth-round pick Bobby Wahl, a right-handed collegian out of Mississippi, seventh-round pick Dustin Drover, a right-handed pitcher from Wenatchee High in Washington, and shortstop Edwin Diaz from Maestro Ladi High in Puerto Rico.