Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes sprained his right wrist against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday while sliding into second base, according to CSN Bay Area. After reaching first on a walk, Cespedes slid into second but hit Angels shortstop Erick Aybar in the process.
Listed by the team as day-to-day, Cespedes was pulled in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brandon Moss took over in left for the injured Cespedes, and Chris Carter replaced Moss at first base.
Often injured this season, manager Bob Melvin has been careful with Cespedes and most recently was only playing him as a designated hitter. Cespedes has missed 31 games this season because of a strained left hand and a strained hamstring.
But when healthy, the left fielder batting .287 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI has been a key to Oakland's success. The Athletics have a 70-38 record when he's in the lineup, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
That statistic rings true on Thursday. The score was tied 0-0 when Cespedes left the game, but Los Angeles won 6-0.