Yoenis Cespedes exits with right hand contusion

August 13, 2014 - 12:58 pm
Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was replaced by pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks in the top of the seventh inning due to what the team described as a right hand contusion. Cespedes incurred the injury, manager John Farrell said, during his third and final at-bat of the game, when he delivered an RBI single in front of Mike Napoli's two-run homer. "In his last at-bat, he got jammed pretty good," Farrell told reporters in Cincinnati after the Sox' 5-4 win. "Wanted to stay in the game, but felt a little soreness in it and might have affected the grip of it so took it out of his hands. Precautionary, got him out of the game." Farrell said that Cespedes hadn't gotten any X-rays on the hand. "He was kind of fighting it a little bit, wanting to stay in, but we thought it was best to get him out at that time," Farrell told reporters. Cespedes is now hitting .268/.286/.488 in 10 games with the Red Sox. He's driven in eight runs in his last four games.