Cespedes day to day after leaving with tight quad

Cespedes day to day after leaving with tight quad

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers lost another player to a nagging injury Thursday, when Yoenis Cespedes left their split-squad game against the Phillies with left quad tightness.

Cespedes is listed as day to day, according to the team. He wasn't on the travel roster for Friday's game against the Braves at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., even before the injury. The Tigers have another set of split-squad games Saturday -- one against the Phillies again at Joker Marchant Stadium, the other against the Yankees in Tampa.

Cespedes was the designated hitter for Thursday's game, and he had an infield single in the first inning against starter Jerome Williams. Cespedes went from first to third, but he had to slow up when Tyler Collins' drive to left bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.

"He just felt tight when he beat the ball out at first base," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said after the Tigers' 6-5 loss. "And then when he got to third, he said he was really tight in the quad. And rather than taking a chance on him, we pulled him out."

Jefry Marte hit for Cespedes when his spot came back up in the third inning. Cespedes will be re-evaluated on Friday, according to Rand.

The injury comes a day after Tigers catcher Alex Avila left after one at-bat against the Nationals with lower back tightness. Avila was tentatively scheduled to return Friday against the Braves at Disney, but he was later removed from the travel roster.

"Alex was a little bit better today, a little bit looser," Rand said. "We had him worked on, and he's being worked on again tomorrow."

It's a different type of back injury, Rand said, than the soreness that bothered Avila earlier in camp.

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