<
>

Cespedes exits for 'family medical' issue

BOSTON -- Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after the third inning to deal with a "family medical emergency," manager John Farrell said after Boston's 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

"[It's a] personal matter he's dealing with," Farrell said. "We're hopeful he'll be back in the lineup tomorrow. That's the most I can tell you right now."

Since his trade to the Red Sox at the July 31 trading deadline, Cespedes has been living here with his mother, Estela Milanes Salazar, who has in the past acknowledged issues with high blood pressure. Asked whether Cespedes' departure Thursday night was related to his mother's condition, Farrell said:

"I think at the appropriate time, if there are questions that Yoenis feels he's willing to answer, [but] I think at this point we'll respect his privacy."

Cespedes, playing in his 18th game, all in left field, since being acquired by the Red Sox, struck out in his only at-bat to end the first inning. In the bottom of the inning, he threw out Josh Hamilton of the Angels trying to score from second on Howie Kendrick's base hit. It was his 13th assist of the season, tying him with Jackie Bradley Jr. for the major-league lead, and the fourth time this season he has cut down an Angels runner at the plate.

Cespedes was sitting on the top bench in the Sox dugout in the bottom of the third when Farrell approached him and beckoned for him to follow.

Cespedes, who defected from Cuba in 2011 and signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics in February 2012, has had issues in the past involving the agents who assisted in his defection to the Dominican Republic. One agent, Edgar Mercedes, sued him in court for monies he believed he is owed by Cespedes, and while playing for the Athletics, Cespedes reported to club officials that he had been threatened from the stands during a game. That threat was passed on to Major League Baseball.