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Strained muscle in left hand lands Cespedes on DL

Strained muscle in left hand lands Cespedes on DL

OAKLAND -- After an awkward slide Friday night, A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes landed on the disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle in his left hand.

Cespedes sustained the injury attempting to slide into second base at the end of the eighth inning of the A's 4-3 win over the Tigers in 12 innings. He stayed in the game as it went into extra innings, but he eventually had to be removed for a pinch-hitter. This is Cespedes' second trip to the DL in his career, the first coming from May 7-31, 2012, also with a muscle strain in his left hand.

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"He either slipped or caught the back of his spike in the ground," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That's why he started rolling. He's an aggressive guy who goes into bases hard."

An MRI taken Saturday morning revealed no structural damage to Cespedes' hand.

"We're not looking at surgery, so in that regard we're fortunate," Melvin said. "We want to make sure he is 100 percent healthy when he gets back."

To take Cespedes' spot on the roster, outfielder Michael Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Taylor, a 27-year-old right-handed hitter, has gotten off to a hot start for the RiverCats, batting .410 with five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs in nine games.

"He's really swinging the bat well," Melvin said. "We continue to get guys here who are swinging well."

Cespedes was batting .200 with three homers and seven RBIs in 11 games, and was 5-for-15 in his last four games. Last year's runner-up for American League Rookie of the Year Award honors, Cespedes batted .292 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs in 2012.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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