Yoenis Cespedes aggravates strained hamstring on groundout

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A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was in the Oakland starting lineup on Wednesday for the first time in five days. But now he’s likely headed to the disabled list.

According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Cespedes re-aggravated the left hamstring strain that he suffered last Thursday on a groundout to first base in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Rockies. He limped into the dugout and was replaced the next inning by Jonny Gomes.

The A’s medical team was hoping that the initial hamstring strain would simply heal on its own with a little under a week of rest. But that obviously didn’t happen, and Cespedes is almost certain to be placed on the shelf for the second time this season.

The 26-year-old Cuban is batting .273/.336/.485 with six home runs and 26 RBI through the first 36 games of his major league career. He inked a four-year, $36 million contract with the Athletics back in mid-February.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.