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Monday, May 5, 2014

Athletics Injury Updates: Josh Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes

By on 5/05/2014 07:15:00 AM

The Oakland Athletics will kick off a nine-game homestand against the Seattle Mariners tonight.  The A's will be without two of their starting outfielders though as injuries are popping up on them yet again.  Neither player is expected to miss much time but for one player, it's starting to get worrisome.  Let's go over the injuries.

Josh Reddick
Reddick left Sunday's extra innings affair with the Boston Red Sox after the ninth inning.  Reddick injured his ankle running out of the box and was in obvious pain at first base.  Jane Lee of tweets out the info:
Ankles can be difficult to overcome.  We've had a few players this season try to play through the pain but it rarely works that way.  It wouldn't be a surprise to see him playing tonight but expect manager Bob Melvin to give him the day off just to be safe.  Reddick is hitting .225 this season with a double, two triples, a home run & nine RBI.

Yoenis Cespedes
You'd think the A's would just put him on the disabled list by now in order to make sure he's healthy for the stretch run of the season.  Cespedes has been battling injuries all season now and he seems to be in a rut of playing a few days then missing a few days.  Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
"“He got down the line pretty good, it’s not like he’s 100 percent,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said, adding later that Cespedes, with his recent hamstring issues, now might be iffy for Monday night’s game."
Hamstrings can also be tricky to get over.  Most teams will just disable their afflicted player and have them rest up.  In most cases, the player is ready after the minimum 15 days and we don't hear about it again.  But this issue doesn't seem to be going anywhere as Cespedes seems to re-injure his hamstring on a weekly basis.  It's something to keep an eye on for sure.  Cespedes is hitting .253 this year with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs & sixteen RBI.

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