PHOENIX -- It seems that the changes in the swing that the A's were hoping to see from Yoenis Cespedes may not materialize.
Manager Bob Melvin said that Cespedes, who is hitting .130 in the Cactus League this spring, may come out of Arizona with a merging of his old long swing and the new short stroke the A's were hoping to implant this spring.
"I don't know; it may be a bit of a hybrid," Melvin said. "Obviously, we do not want to take power away from him."
The conversion from long swing to short has not been easy. After a three-strikeout game Friday in Scottsdale, Cespedes came in early Saturday and asked for the chance to get some extra at-bats in a minor league game.
The outfield rotation for the A's called for Cespedes to get a day off between the night game and a split-squad doubleheader Sunday, "but we were good with it," Melvin said.
During the changeover, however, everything is suffering. His average is the worst among players who will make the A's roster by a staggering 92 points. Worse than that, there is a 139-point gap between Cespedes' .163 spring on-base percentage and the next lowest on the club, Eric Sogard's .302.
After a pop-up and a strikeout in his first two at-bats, "I heard he got angry," Melvin said. Then came a double and a walk.
The A's have him penciled in for the cleanup hitter's slot when the season starts March 31, arguably the most important in the lineup. So much of the A's success will depend on Cespedes getting his groove back.
"He's working on it," Melvin said. "And we've still got some time."
After Sunday's split-squad games -- Cespedes is down to face the Mariners in Peoria -- Oakland has just six spring training games remaining, so that time is quickly running short.
"I was a little erratic; it was better after I got settled in," Kazmir said. He has a 2.38 ERA this spring after giving up his first three runs of the spring. "They were hacking from pitch one."
Kazmir will start one more time this spring, in San Francisco in the first game of the Bay Bridge series.
"I'm looking forward to the Bay Bridge thing," Kazmir said. "But the fans here are terrific. They are way into it."
The lefty said he would like the chance to go out one more time and maybe get close to 90 pitches in a start, but added, "I could start the season" now, if the schedule called for it.
He got a slow start to the spring because of shoulder issues and likely will be on the disabled list for the first few days of April.