Alcides Escobar SS KC 1 week ago

Escobar went 2-for-3 with a double, a steal, an RBI and a run against the Tigers on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

We're pretty much seeing the usual out of Escobar this year, as he's now swiped four bags while hitting .254. The 29-year-old shortstop continues to hit out of the leadoff spot for the Royals, but has only scored three runs, and his poor OBP has been a major contributor to the team's inconsistencies on offense. If current No. 9 batter Jarrod Dyson keeps hitting, he and Escobar could end up flipping spots in the order.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 weeks ago

Escobar was 2-for-5 with an RBI, run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the A's.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran lead-off man recorded his second straight multi-hit game, and has hit safely in five of his last six contests. Escobar was able to tally his first RBI of the season on a two-out single in the ninth off reliever Ryan Madson. The 29-year-old has started slowly in 2016, but is 4-for-9 with a walk, an RBI, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases over his last two games.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 weeks ago

Escobar went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's win over Houston.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A career .262 hitter, Escobar has gotten off to a rocky start at the dish this season, going 9-for-42 (.214) with no walks and one run in his first nine games. His past success and speed on the base paths suggest that manager Ned Yost will give him some leeway as the Royals' leadoff hitter until he breaks out of his slump, but a table-setter getting on base just 21.4% of the time is certainly sub-optimal. Escobar's defense is irreplaceable at shortstop for the Royals, but his slow start and relatively low ceiling at the dish makes him expendable in shallower fantasy leagues.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 1 month ago

Escobar will lead off for the Royals in their season opener against the Mets on Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's not surprising, considering that Escobar was handling the tablesetting role at the end of last season. After posting a .293 OBP in 2015, Escobar is hardly guaranteed to remain atop the lineup card of manager Ned Yost this season, but he'll get an opportunity to begin the year in that role nonetheless.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 7 months ago

Escobar is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Indians.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 28-year-old is sitting, along with most of the team's other regulars, after the team secured its first division title since 1985 with a win Thursday. Escobar missed two starts last weekend with an elbow injury, but has collected five hits in three games since returning to action, more than he had in his previous eight games combined.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 7 months ago

Escobar (elbow) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

X-rays were negative after Escobar was hit by a pitch and forced to leave Friday's game, and it seems the swelling has now diminished enough to where he can resume his duties as the Royals' starting shortstop. Escobar is hitting just .183/.194/.217 in September, his second straight month with a sub-.500 OPS.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 7 months ago

Escobar (elbow) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Escobar's elbow still must be hurting from his hit-by-pitch on Friday, but it's only a bruise so his return should come someday soon. Christian Colon will once again fill in at shortstop.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 7 months ago

Escobar (elbow) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Escobar exited Friday's game early with a elbow bruise and is being labeled as day-to-day after X-rays showed no broken bones. The Royals will use Christian Colon at shortstop Saturday, but Escobar is expected to be ready to return to the field in the near future.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 7 months ago

Escobar was forced to leave Friday night's game early with an elbow bruise, but x-rays came back negative for any further damage, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Escobar took a rough-looking pitch to the elbow in the 10th inning, but did later stay in to run the bases. He was then replaced by Christian Colon at shortstop in the bottom of the 10th. There's a chance he misses time over the weekend, but no injury beyond bruising likely makes this a minor, day-to-day issue.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 8 months ago

Escobar is not in the lineup Thursday, Matthew DeFranks of Sports Radio 810 reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Escobar will get a rare day off, as the Royals insert September call-up Christian Colon into the lineup at shortstop. Colon will bat ninth in the order.