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Yunel Escobar | Shortstop

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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Yunel Escobar told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Wednesday that he is determined to become "one of the best second basemen in the National League."

Escobar had some initial misgivings about moving away from shortstop, but he met with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss the issue on the first day he reported to Nats camp in Florida. "After what they expressed to me and what their vision is, I feel more comfortable," Escobar said through Alex Esteban, his agent who acted as interpreter. "I am going to play second base with an open mind."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 26 - 8:08 AM

Nationals acquired SS Yunel Escobar from the Nationals for RHP Tyler Clippard.

Escobar, 32, batted .258/.324/.340 this past season with the Rays. Early indications are that he'll be the everyday second baseman for the Nats. He'll also give the team flexibility if they choose to deal Ian Desmond at some point this winter.
Jan 14 - 8:40 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the A's have traded Yunel Escobar to the Nationals.

It's the second time Escobar has changed teams in the past week, as he was dealt from the Rays to the Athletics over the weekend. Details on who the A's may be receiving in return weren't immediately available.
Jan 14 - 7:17 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears the Nationals have interest in Yunel Escobar.

The A's acquired Escobar over the weekend, but the club has enough middle infield types that they could afford to move the 32-year-old in the right deal. Heyman thinks an Escobar-for-Tyler Clippard deal makes sense. Acquiring Escobar could free up the club to deal Ian Desmond, or he could slot in at second base.
Jan 14 - 7:14 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Mike Carp
4Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Ian Stewart
LF1Jayson Werth
2Kevin Frandsen
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Matt den Dekker
3Michael Taylor
4Nate McLouth
5Tony Gwynn Jr.
RF1Bryce Harper
2Scott Hairston
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Erik Davis
7Xavier Cedeno
8Blake Treinen
9Scott McGregor
10Mitch Lively
11Rich Hill