Tigers' Cespedes pulled from game as precaution

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Jose Altuve of the Astros is tagged out at home by James McCann of the Tigers on Thursday in Kissimmee. The Tigers had split-squad games against the Astros, and against the Phillies in Lakeland.

Lakeland, Fla. -- Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was pulled out of the Tigers' split-squad game Thursday against the Phillies in the first inning with a left quad tightness. He had gone from first to third on an outfield error.

"He just felt tight," Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand said. "When he got to third, he just said he was really tight at the quad. Rather than take a chance on it, we pulled him out."

Cespedes missed some time earlier this spring with back soreness.

"Unrelated to the back," Rand said. "Precautionary. We're going to re-evaluate him tomorrow."

Injury updates

Catcher Alex Avila (back) was not on either lineup card Thursday (split-squads), but he is penciled in for Friday against the Braves.

"Alex was a little bit better today," Rand said. "A little bit looser. We had him worked on, and he's being worked on again tomorrow. It's different. Before the extension was bothering him. It was extension only."

… Shortstop Jose Iglesias, recovering from stress fractures in both shins, is scheduled to play back-to-back games for the first time. He was the starting shortstop in Kissimmee Thursday against the Astros and he is in the lineup as the designated hitter Friday in Orlando.

"Brad has done a good job of breaking him in, but eventually you have to start playing him a lot more," coach Gene Lamont said. "You have to start getting him some at-bats."

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