By Brett LoGiurato
April 13, 2013

The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle in his left hand. The team said it would recall outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento to take Cespedes' place on the roster.

Cespedes was injured in the Athletics' 4-3, 12-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night, after completing an awkward slide into second base in the eighth inning.

He initially stayed in the game but was eventually replaced in the 11th inning. X-rays taken Friday were negative and the A's said that an MRI revealed no tears in the hand. According to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Casey Pratt, the A's are hoping to get Cespedes back as soon as he is eligible to come off the DL.

The 27-year-old Cespedes was batting .200 (8-for-40) through the A's first 11 games. He had three homers and seven RBI. In his rookie season with Oakland last year, Cespedes hit .292 with 23 homers, 82 RBI and an .862 OPS.

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