BOSTON (CBS) — Just as he was becoming an instrumental part of the middle of the Boston lineup, Yoenis Cespedes was forced to the bench.
The outfielder left Wednesday’s matinee with a right hand contusion. Manager John Farrell said the outfielder wanted to play through the pain.
“In his last at-bat, he got jammed pretty good,” Farrell said. ‘He wanted to stay in the game, but felt a little soreness in it and it might have affected the grip. So we took it out of his hands and [as a] precautionary got him out of the game.”
Farrell said the team did not give Cespedes an X-ray.
“He wanted to stay in, but I thought it was best to get him out at that time,” Farrell said.
Cespedes, who came to the Red Sox in the July 31 Jon Lester trade, has been hot at the plate, and he’s played a major role in all three wins in the Red Sox’ current streak.
On Sunday, Cespedes smoked a three-run home run in the top of the eighth to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead in Anaheim. On Tuesday night, Cespedes hit the go-ahead two-run homer, again in the top of the eighth inning, to lead the Sox to a 3-2 win in Cincinnati. And on Wednesday, Cespedes hit an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3, and he scored in the next at-bat on a Mike Napoli home run.
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