Cespedes Injures Shoulder, May Miss 2-3 Months

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On the first day of Spring Training, San Diego Padres’ outfielder Yoenis Cespedes got injured on a defensive play.

“My shoulder hurts a lot,” Cespedes said through a translator after San Diego finished with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With one out in the seventh inning and the Dodgers up, 4-1, Cespedes dug hard and reached out to get an out in deep left center. Unfortunately, he may have outstretched his arm as fans watch the slugging outfielder in obvious pain.

Cespedes was assisted by the team trainer to the dugout and was replaced in left field by Tommy Medica.

“I knew he will be out for a while after seeing him make that tough catch near the wall,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He told us that he was fine, but we knew we’ll miss him for some time.”

Cespedes, who was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Padres last July 2015, will try to continue to provide the power for San Diego this season. He finished last year hitting .282 with 30 home runs and 95 RBIs, playing for the Tigers in the first half and for the Padres in the second half.

He became a sensation for San Diego after being acquired prior to the non-waiver trade deadline. He hit 18 home runs in over two months and made spectacular throws from the outfield.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison on Flickr.

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