Yoenis Cespedes

John Farrell: Yoenis Cespedes left game due to 'family medical emergency'

August 21, 2014 - 7:12 pm
Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after the third inning due to what the team deemed a "personal matter." Red Sox manager John Farrell echoed similar sentiments after the game, saying the outfielder was removed from the game because of a "family medical emergency." "[It's] a personal matter that he's dealing with and we're hopeful he would be back in the lineup tomorrow, but that's probably the most I can tell you right now," Farrell said. Farrell wouldn't go into further details about Cespedes' situation, opting to keep the situation private.

"I think at the appropriate time, if there are questions that Yoenis feels like he's willing to answer -- I think at this point we probably need to respect his privacy at this point," he said.

Cespedes struck out in his lone plate appearance in the Sox' 2-0 loss to the Angels Thursday. He gunned down Josh Hamilton at the plate in the first with a strike from left field off a single by Howie Kendrick.