Oakland Athletics will be without Yoenis Cespedes after the left fielder limped out of yesterday’s game against the Houston Astros with a left hamstring strain.
The Cuban will be out of action for a few days before being reassessed by the A’s, and it is hoped he will only miss a week of baseball.
Cespedes, 28, was helped off the field by a member of the Oakland medical team in the seventh inning against the Astros. Oakland cruised to victory 10-1, which was the score at the time Cespedes went off, and have extended their record to 14-8 for the season.
Speaking to MLB.com, Oakland manager Bob Melvin admitted he was worried about his left fielder’s hamstring injury. He said: “Hopefully it’s not more than that, but you never know with these.”
Josh Reddick came on for the stricken Cespedes for the closing stages last night.
Melvin confirmed he plans to play Brandon Moss as the replacement left fielder and put Daric Barton at first base.
Cespedes made his MLB debut for the A’s in March 2012 after signing a four-year $36 million contract. The Cuban was touted as one of the best outfielders the country as ever produced after the 28-year-old began his pro career in the Cuban leagues.
In 2011 Cespedes moved from his native Cuba to the Dominican Republic and bypassed the MLB draft to become a free agent.
The Cuban is a regular fixture on the Oakland team sheet, already racking up 23 appearances this season and has created a considerable gap in Melvin’s attack.
With eight runs and 14 RBI this season, Cespedes is a valuable asset and performing successfully in a team enjoying a positive start to the season.
Oakland ended a three-game losing streak, their biggest blip all season, with a thumping win over the Astros in Houston last night. The A’s now lead 1-0 in the four-game series against the Astros, but it is thought Cespedes will play no further part in this series.
The Athletic’s then take the trip across Texas to face the Rangers for a three-game series, starting on Monday. Cespedes is expected to test his hamstring during the warm up on Monday morning and make a final decision about the injury.
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