In their 5-4 win over the Reds on Wednesday, it appears the Sox may have dodged a bullet more important to their future than their two-game sweep in Cincinnati.
Yoenis Cespedes, who has been one of the hottest hitters on the Sox since being acquired on July 31, left Wednesday’s game in the seventh inning, as he was pinch-hit for by Will Middlebrooks. It was announced that Cespedes was pulled due to a “right hand contusion.”
It is not clear when Cespedes sustained the injury in the game. He was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the game before he exited the contest.
The injury doesn’t appear to be serious, though, as John Farrell said after the game that Cespedes “got jammed pretty good” on his final at bat and “wanted to stay in the game, but felt a little soreness in [his hand]” and was taken out for precautionary reasons.
Since being traded to Boston in the deal that sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland, Cespedes has been arguably the Red Sox most consistent hitter, reaching base in every game and recording a hit in nine of the 10 games he’s played with the Red Sox, hitting .268 with two home runs and eight RBIs.