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Yunel Escobar | Third Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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An MRI on Yunel Escobar's groin showed only inflammation.
Escobar was injured on Friday when he tweaked his groin while running out a ground ball. He'll avoid the disabled list for now, as the hope is that he can work out Sunday and return to the lineup Tuesday after Monday's off day. Danny Espinosa is at third base Sunday. Apr 19 - 10:45 AM

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Yunel Escobar (groin) will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Escobar said that he felt okay on Saturday and remains optimistic that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, but the Nationals want to make sure before making a determination.
Apr 18 - 11:54 AM

Yunel Escobar was removed from Friday's game against the Phillies in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.

Escobar appeared to come up lame while running out a ground ball in his final at-bat and did not take his place in the field defensively. The team should have an update on his status shortly.
Apr 17 - 8:19 PM

Yunel Escobar will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Rookie outfielder Michael Taylor has been handling leadoff duties, but he has struggled to make contact, so he has been bumped down to ninth in the order. Jayson Werth will hit second Tuesday against Justin Masterson while Clint Robinson will serve as the designated hitter.

Yunel Escobar played second base went 1-for-2 in his spring debut Monday against the Yankees.

Escobar got a nice little test for his strained oblique making a lunging grab with the infield in and came through it OK. He still has time to get ready for Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 4:55 PM

Yunel Escobar (oblique) is in the Nationals' Grapefruit League lineup Monday versus the Yankees.

Escobar was only expected to play in a minor league game Monday, but it's crunch time for players who haven't logged many spring at-bats and his oblique is apparently feeling fine. Escobar will lead off Monday. He'll probably bat eighth during the regular season.
Mar 23 - 9:03 AM

Yunel Escobar (oblique) is expected to play in a major league game Monday.

Escobar played in a minor league game Saturday and obviously came out of it feeling alright. The shortstop-turned-second baseman hasn't seen Grapefruit League action as a result of the Grade 1 oblique strain he suffered early in camp. When healthy, he's expected to be the Nationals' starting second baseman.
Mar 22 - 2:28 PM

Yunel Escobar (oblique) hopes to play in a minor league game by Sunday.

Escobar resumed taking grounders and hitting in the cage this week and is nearing a return to game action. There should be enough time to get him ready for Opening Day, provided that he doesn't experience any setbacks along the way.
Mar 20 - 8:56 AM

Yunel Escobar (oblique) is scheduled to take grounders and hit in the cage on Wednesday.

Escobar has been sidelined for about two weeks with a Grade 1 oblique strain, but he's beginning to make solid progress. The hope is that he'll be ready to play in a minor league game next week. He should be ready for Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks.
Mar 18 - 11:15 AM

Yunel Escobar (oblique) will resume light baseball activities on Sunday or Monday.

Escobar has missed the last 10 days of action while batting a Grade 1 oblique strain. It's not clear when he might be ready to play in games again, but the veteran infielder has time to prepare for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have any setbacks.
Mar 15 - 12:03 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that Yunel Escobar is dealing with a Grade 1 oblique strain.

Escobar will be sidelined for 7-10 days before being reevaluated. Barring any setbacks, he's expected to be ready for Opening Day. Danny Espinosa would fill in at second base if Escobar is forced to miss any significant time.
Mar 7 - 10:46 AM

Yunel Escobar indicated Saturday that his back is feeling better, though he'll be rested for the next 3-4 days as a precautionary measure.

Escobar was scratched from Thursday's game due to a muscle issue in his back. While it sounds like it's a minor issue, it's something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks to make sure it doesn't linger and effect his status heading into the regular season.
Mar 7 - 8:32 AM

Yunel Escobar will have his back examined by a doctor Friday.

Escobar was scratched from Thursday's game due to what the Nationals said at the time was "general soreness," but it appears the ailment is focused on the infielder's back. Manager Matt Williams isn't too concerned, but we'll obviously know more about Escobar's status after the exam.
Mar 6 - 11:15 AM

Yunel Escobar was scratched from Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets due to general soreness.

The soreness is apparently due to the extra work he has been putting in with his transition to second base. He should be ready to go in a day or so.
Mar 5 - 4:11 PM

Yunel Escobar (fever) missed on-field workouts Monday morning but will be back out on the field Tuesday.

The Nationals don't start exhibition play until Thursday against the Mets, so Escobar should be firing on all cylinders then. Escobar, 32, is shifting from shortstop to second base this season. The veteran has limited fantasy value, having consistently hit in the mid-.250's with fewer than 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons.
Mar 3 - 9:16 AM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Rafael Martin
9Felipe Rivero
10Erik Davis