There have been few stories in baseball this season better than Yoenis Cespedes' success with the Oakland A's, but fans everywhere are going to be holding their collective breaths on Wednesday. According to the team's official Twitter account, Cespedes was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday due to a hand injury and will undergo x-rays and an MRI.
The confirmation is here:
Yoenis Cespedes was scratched with a hand injury. He will have x-rays and a MRI tomorrow. #Athletics— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) May 9, 2012
Certainly not great news for the Athletics, who have gotten off to a solid start in 2012 with a record of 16-14. Cespedes has been a big part achieving that mark, hitting .245/.319/.434 thus far with five homers, 21 RBI and four stolen bases. Without him in the lineup the A's become even more vulnerable to poor offensive showings at the plate.
There is no reason to panic as of now and very little is known about the injury, but it will definitely be something to keep an eye on in the coming days.
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