PHOENIX -- A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was granted leave from the team to travel to Miami, where 14 family members who fled Cuba with him two years ago finally reached the United States on Saturday.

Cespedes, who left Saturday night, has been concerned about his family's well-being in the Dominican Republic, where they had taken up temporary residence after their defection while the outfielder came to the United States to play baseball for Oakland last season.

Cespedes' mother, along with several cousins and aunts, arrived by ship from Turks and Caicos Islands, and the player was ecstatic when he heard that they were about to reach the United States.

"Big smile on his face ... tears, and then smiles," manager Bob Melvin said.

Cespedes is expected to return to Arizona on Monday or Tuesday, Melvin said. Tuesday is more likely, considering the quick turnaround to be back in Arizona for an afternoon game.

"He just went back for a short period of time," Melvin said. "He just wanted to see them, and he'll come back here as soon as possible."

The manager added that Cespedes finally being reunited with his family was a dramatic development for him.

"Big day for him, huge," Melvin said. "I know there were times last year when he was grinding on it pretty hard -- for good reason -- and maybe some this spring a little bit. He felt like they were in a good place. It was just a matter of getting them to the United States, and it took a long time to do it."

The manager said solving the family issue could help Cespedes' outlook and possibly affect his performance as he embarks on his second big league season.

"It was a very emotional day for him, and I know it's a weight off his shoulders," Melvin said. "It's something he doesn't have to think about, whereas last year he was constantly thinking about it."

Cespedes has a 3-year-old son living in Cuba with the boy's mother.

  • The A's got a scare Sunday when left-hander Brett Anderson suffered a strained right trapezius muscle after just eight pitches when he tried to cover third base on an error and collided awkwardly with Arizona Diamondbacks runner Adam Eaton.

    Anderson came out of the game for precautionary reasons and didn't think the injury was serious.

    "I feel all right," he said. "It was a kind of a freak play at third that you don't really expect to happen, but it's part of the deal sometimes. I don't think it's anything major -- it's a neck strain/spasm, nothing to be too concerned about."

    After Eaton opened the game with a leadoff single, Cliff Pennington hit a chopper to third baseman Josh Donaldson, who misplayed the ball for an error. As Donaldson retrieved the ball to his left, Eaton rounded second base and broke for unoccupied third.

    Anderson sprinted to cover the base, but Donaldson's relay was behind him, and he slid awkwardly into the base and Eaton.

    "It was pure athleticism at its finest at third base," the pitcher said.

    Anderson walked back to the mound but did not even attempt a warm-up pitch before being removed.

    "We're fairly confident he'll be all right to make his next start," Melvin said. "It was a scare, though. A guy like that, you never want to take a chance with."

  • Jed Lowrie continued to bolster his position in the second base competition with a double, a two-run home run and three RBIs in the A's 7-5 victory over Arizona. He is hitting .381 this spring.

    Jemile Weeks, who is nursing a sore shoulder, sat out. He will be sent to minor league camp Monday to get some controlled at-bats, and Melvin said the club wants to be absolutely sure he is healthy before putting him in a game.

  • Bartolo Colon threw three innings, allowing four hits, a run and a walk. He struck out four.

  • Left-hander Andrew Werner and right-hander Jesse Chavez were optioned to Triple-A Sacramento, and right-hander Michael Ynoa was optioned to Class A Beloit.

    Six nonroster invitees were reassigned to the minor league camp, most notably shortstop Addison Russell, along with pitcher Kyler Newby, catchers Ryan Ortiz and Beau Taylor and infielders Miles Head and Jefry Marte.

  • Even though Mexico was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic with the United States' win over Italy on Saturday, the A's didn't see pitcher Arnold Leon back in camp Sunday.

    Leon instigated the brawl against Canada by hitting a batter in the ninth inning Saturday.