Cespedes scratched with lower back tightness

Cespedes scratched with lower back tightness

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the starting lineup with lower back tightness as the Tigers lost, 6-4, to the Braves on Thursday.

Cespedes, who hit a grand slam in his first Grapefruit League game as a Tiger on Tuesday, was not on the travel roster for Wednesday's game against the Orioles in Sarasota. He was slated to start in left field and bat third Thursday.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Cespedes came in Thursday morning complaining about his back.

"He said he was fine yesterday swinging the bat. He swung the bat well in batting practice while we were in Sarasota," Ausmus said. "I guess this morning it was just a little tight."

Cespedes was already scheduled to miss Friday's trip to Port St. Lucie to face the Mets. As of Thursday afternoon, he was still listed on the travel roster for Saturday's rematch against the Braves at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.

"I don't know if it's likely," Ausmus said, "but it's definitely possible."

Steven Moya, who missed Tuesday's game with back spasms, replaced Cespedes in Thursday's lineup. He started in right field, his everyday spot at Double-A Erie last season. Tyler Collins, who was slated to start opposite Cespedes in right field, moved to left.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.