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Cespedes exits as precaution with hand contusion

Red Sox not concerned about injury sustained in fifth inning in Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI -- Though Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes left Wednesday's game against the Reds in the seventh inning with a contusion of his right hand, it doesn't sound as if the injury is anything to worry about.

"In his last at-bat, he got jammed pretty good," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He wanted to stay in the game, but he felt a little soreness in it and might have affected the grip of it, so [we] took it out of his hands. It was precautionary, [and we] got him out of the game."

The Red Sox wound up pulling out a 5-4 win. Cespedes delivered an RBI single to left in his final at-bat, the one that caused the contusion.

Will Middlebrooks was sent up to pinch-hit for Cespedes. Middlebrooks remained in the game at third base, and Kelly Johnson moved to left field.

The Red Sox acquired Cespedes in a blockbuster trade with the Athletics for Jon Lester on July 31.

Cespedes belted a 433-foot, two-run homer to lead the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory on Tuesday. He also went deep in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Cespedes was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored before exiting Wednesday's contest.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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