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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Scott Kazmir, Yoenis Cespedes

By on 7/01/2014 05:45:00 AM

The Oakland Athletics suffered a stunning defeat last night as the Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis blasted a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning against closer Sean Doolittle, who has now blown two consecutive saves after going 24 appearances without giving up an earned run. The night had already been a complicated one for the A's, who saw both Scott Kazmir and Yoenis Cespedes exit with cramps, as reported by John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.

Kazmir departed in the sixth having given up just one earned run, although he had walked three, allowed four hits and thrown 99 pitches. The single run had come just moments before when Miguel Cabrera slugged a home run to left center. Hickey reports that Kazmir appeared to wince on successive pitches to Nick Castellanos before being replaced by Dan Otero, who finished the inning with two groundouts. Hickey says that the cramping was in the starter's calf and the team do not expect him to miss his next turn.

Cespedes looks set to miss at least a game or two, leaving in the eighth after scoring the go-ahead run, with Melvin telling Hickey that the outfielder has "a left hamstring cramp or strain" and was unlikely to play in Tuesday's game. Although he is on pace to do so this year, the Cuban is yet to make it to 600 plate appearances in a season, having missed small chunks of time with a variety of injuries since his 2012 debut, as well as a DL trip in each of the last two seasons for hand problems.

Cespedes has already missed time this season with a left hamstring strain. He has 21 doubles and 14 home runs this year but has not been stealing bases, going just 1-2 after stealing 16 in his debut season and 7 in 2013, albeit in 14 attempts, which in combination with these leg ailments, may be causing Melvin to give him the green light less often.

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