Shogo Akiyama started the Cincinnati Reds spring training game on Saturday night in center field. But the outfielder didn’t take the field in the top of the third. Instead it was Tyler Naquin that ran out to center to begin the inning. About thirty minutes later the Reds announced that Akiyama had left the game with a left hamstring injury and that he’s being evaluated.
#Reds OF Shogo Akiyama left tonight's game with a left hamstring injury. He is being evaluated.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 14, 2021
This spring has not been great for the Reds outfielder, though this time things are far less serious than the last situation that kept Shogo Akiyama out of games. Earlier this spring he was out of camp for a week after a tree fell and struck his wife, leading to her being airlifted to the hospital. She was eventually able to return home and was on the mend before he returned to Goodyear and rejoined the Reds.
Update at 11:58pm
Following the game, Reds manager David Bell noted that Akiyama started to feel it after his final inning in the field.
“Shogo felt some tightness in his hamstring. He’s going to be examined tomorrow, so we won’t know much until then. I just spoke with him and he’s already trying to get treatment and get healed up as quick as he can.”
This article will be updated when more information is available.