Yunel Escobar SS WAS 1 week ago

Escobar (oblique) saw his first game action of the spring on Monday, playing three innings against the Yankees.

He looked good, beating out an infield hit and making a diving stop on a ground ball to his left when the Nats had the infield drawn in, so it seems safe to say that Escobar's fully recovered from his oblique injury. While he was originally slated to hit eighth for the team, if Anthony Rendon (knee) starts the season on the DL, expect Escobar to move up and hit second until Rendon is healthy.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 1 week ago

Escobar (oblique) will make his Grapefruit League debut Monday and is on pace to be ready for Opening Day, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Mark Zuckerman reports.

He took batting practice over the weekend and barring a setback, it sounds like he will be ready to be the Nationals' second baseman to start the season. While it's a nice lineup to be a part of, Escobar figures to hit in the eight hole for most of the season.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 1 week ago

Escobar (oblique) took batting practice on Saturday, and is expected to make his spring debut on Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Assuming he doesn't have any setbacks, it looks like Escobar will be ready for Opening Day, and a starting assignment as the Nats' second baseman.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 2 weeks ago

Escobar (oblique) is scheduled to take ground balls and hit in the batting cage Wednesday, and could play in a minor league game at some point this week, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

Escobar was diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain earlier in spring training, but is beginning his rehab towards a return to spring training. If all goes according to plan, he should be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 2 weeks ago

Escobar (oblique) is expected to resume light baseball-related activities Sunday or Monday, the Washington Post reports.

There's no timetable yet for his return to game action, but if Escobar is able to get on the field by next weekend or so, he should be able to avoid a DL stint to begin the regular season.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 4 weeks ago

Escobar is dealing with a Grade 1 left oblique strain and will be shut down for the next 7-to-10 days, MASN Sports' Dan Kolko reports.

A Grade 1 strain indicates a minor stretching or tearing of the oblique rather than a partially or completely torn muscle, so it appears Escobar has avoided a significant injury. With a few days to rest, the expectation is that Escobar will be able to return to the lineup for the latter half of the Nationals' exhibition schedule. The 32-year-old, who is slated to start at second base for the Nationals this season, should be back at full health before Opening Day.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 4 weeks ago

Escobar was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to general soreness, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Escobar's injury is listed just as general soreness, but it should be monitored over the next couple days to make sure it doesn't turn into something more serious. The veteran is making a transition from shortstop to second base for 2015, so he'll likely try to get as many reps in as possible.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 1 month ago

Escobar has had some hiccups but mostly looked good in the field so far as he begins his transition to second base, the Washington Post reports. "I'm asking that people have a bit of patience with me," Escobar said on Thursday. "I'm getting a little bit more confidence every day. It's new to me in my career. I want to do my best [at second base]."

He's requested extra time each day to field grounders at his new position, and after some initial misgivings following his departure from Tampa Bay, Escobar seems fully committed to his new role. Barring injury or an out-of-nowhere trade of pending free agent Ian Desmond, Escobar will be the Nationals' Opening Day second baseman, and provide a decent bat at the bottom of the batting order.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 3 months ago

Escobar has been traded to the Nationals, Jon Heyman reports.

With Ian Desmond entrenched at short for the Nats, Escobar would likely start at second over Danny Espinosa and keep Anthony Rendon at his natural third base position. However, there is also a possibility this is Phase 1 of Washington's plan to trade the soon-to-be-free agent Ian Desmond, keeping Escobar, who is locked up through 2016 with a club option for 2017, at shortstop. Escobar's side of the middle infield is completely dependent on what the Nationals do from here. There has been no word on who the Nationals are sending back, but Heyman speculated that it could be Tyler Clippard.

Yunel Escobar SS WAS 3 months ago

Escobar was traded to the A's on Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

Oakland also gets Ben Zobrist in the deal with Tampa Bay, although Escobar should be allowed to play shortstop almost every day. The A's traded their top shortstop prospect, Daniel Robertson to the Rays, so Escobar could conceivably stick at the position for the next couple years. He has never offered much in terms of counting stats, as he does not have much speed or power. However, he is capable of hitting over .250 with modest contributions in runs and RBI, making him someone to consider in deeper leagues at a very shallow position.