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4/27/2013 7:25 P.M. ET

Heisey removed Saturday after straining hamstring

WASHINGTON -- Reds outfielder Chris Heisey left Saturday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the third inning with a strained right hamstring. He was replaced in left field by Xavier Paul.

Heisey sustained the injury in the second inning. He hit a ground ball to third base with Brandon Phillips on first and tried to prevent the Nationals from turning a double play. He strained the hamstring while running to first base.

"He was trying to beat out that throw right after he crossed the bag," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't know the severity of it. He was just kind of limping."

Heisey was removed from the game as a precautionary measure. He said after the game that he could've kept playing if it was absolutely necessary.

"I felt a little tweak in my hamstring. I tried to stay in the game," Heisey said. "They took me out just to prevent any further injury that may have occurred. We'll just have to reevaluate in the morning and see how it is tomorrow."

Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.