Yoenis Cespedes Suffers Right Hand Contusion In Red Sox’s Win Over Reds


August 13, 2014

Yoenis CespedesBoston Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes suffered a hand injury during Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Cespedes was removed for a pinch-hitter, Will Middlebrooks, in the seventh inning because of a right hand contusion, according to the Red Sox.

Cespedes, who hit clutch home runs in Sunday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Angels and Tuesday’s game against the Reds, went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a run scored before leaving Wednesday’s contest. His RBI single tied the game 3-3 in the fifth inning. Mike Napoli then knocked in Cespedes with a two-run homer en route to a 5-4 win.

Middlebrooks remained in the game at third base after pinch-hitting for Cespedes. Dustin Pedroia, who pinch-hit for Daniel Nava in the seventh inning, remained in the game at second base. Brock Holt shifted to right field and Kelly Johnson assumed Cespedes’ vacated spot in left.

UPDATE, 3:55 p.m. ET:  Cespedes suffered the injury while getting jammed during his final at-bat. The slugger wanted to stay in the game but was removed for precautionary reasons, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

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