A’s Cespedes Not In Starting Lineup Wednesday Due To Hamstring
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OAKLAND (CBS Sports) — Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was unable to play Wednesday evening against the New York Yankees due to left hamstring tightness, and is unlikely to play Thursday as well.
Manager Bob Melvin said the injury “doesn’t seem to be too substantial” and Cespedes did take part in batting practice before Wednesday’s game. But that said, the A’s indicated they would not take any risks with him and Cespedes is listed as day to day.
Cespedes was forced out of Tuesday’s game against the Yankees in the third inning as a result of the hamstring problem. The team described his removal at the time as a “precautionary measure.”
Cespedes, 27, missed a handful of games with a left hamstring issue last summer. He spent two weeks on the DL with hand problems back in April.
In 51 games this year, Cespedes is hitting .241/.308/.493 (118 OPS+) with 13 home runs. He hit .292/.356/.505 (137 OPS+) with 23 homers last year, good enough for second and tenth place finishes in the Rookie of the Year and MVP voting.
The Athletics have plenty of outfield depth even without Cespedes, although Coco Crisp was also scratched from Wednesday’s starting lineup due to injury. However, Josh Reddick, Chris Young, Seth Smith and Brandon Moss are all on the active roster.
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