Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 10 hours ago

Escobar went 5-for-5 with a pair of RBI in the Nats' win over the Marlins on Monday night.

The five-hit game added 40 points to Escobar's season batting average, pushing his mark to .311 for the season. He's currently hitting second in the order, following leadoff man Denard Span and helping to set the table for Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman. Once Anthony Rendon returns, the Nats may give Danny Espinosa occasional starts at third base, but Rendon's recent setback with an oblique injury should prevent that scenario from unfolding for at least a few more weeks.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 4 days ago

Escobar (hand) returned to the lineup Thursday with three hits and three runs scored in five at-bats against the Mets.

Well, he certainly looked none the worse for wear. Escobar's now pulled his average up to .306 on the year -- that's probably not a sustainable figure for him, but it's still representative of a strong month of April.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 5 days ago

Escobar (hand) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Mets, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Escobar ended up missing two games due to the hand injury, but he was fortunate he didn't suffer anything worse than a laceration as a result of Andrelton Simmons' slide into third base Monday. The 32-year-old Escobar will step back in to the two-hole, a spot in the order in which he's gone 9-for-29 (.310 average) with five walks and zero strikeouts so far this season.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 6 days ago

Escobar (hand) is expected to be able to return to the lineup Thursday against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Escobar is out of the lineup Wednesday for the second straight game and will once again be available only in an emergency. He was able to hit and field grounders, so it appears the shortstop should be good to go after missing only two games with a hand laceration.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 6 days ago

Escobar (hand) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Escobar suffered a hand laceration Monday, and as a result will be held out of the lineup for a second consecutive game. He was available only in an emergency role Tuesday, but it's unclear if he'd be able to serve as a pinch-hitter Wednesday. Danny Espinosa will once again get the start at third base during his absence.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 7 days ago

Escobar (hand) will only be available in an emergency situation Tuesday against the Braves, Mark Zuckerman of CSN reports.

Escobar continues to battle soreness in his hand after sustaining a laceration during Monday's game. Danny Espinosa will get the start at third base, and it's highly unlikely Escobar enters the game.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 7 days ago

Escobar (hand) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

Escobar will sit out Tuesday with the hand injury he suffered in Monday's game, and he could miss at least one more contest due to the setback. Danny Espinosa will fill in at third base in Escobar's absence.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 1 week ago

Escobar is expected to miss the next 1-2 days with a hand laceration that he suffered in Monday's game against the Braves, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Luckily for Escobar he came away from Monday's sliding incident, caused by the Braves' Andrelton Simmons, without stitches or structural damage to his hand. The Nationals will play it safe by resting him Wednesday and he should be considered day-to-day until the medical staff allows him to return. Dan Uggla and Danny Espinosa are the likely candidates to get a spot in the lineup during Escobar's brief stint on the bench.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 1 week ago

Escobar exited Monday's game against the Braves in the bottom of the fifth inning due to a likely hand injury, MASN Sports' Dan Kolko reports.

Escobar was covering third base when his hand appeared to be spiked on an aggressive slide by the Braves' Andrelton Simmons. The Nationals should have a better idea on the extent of his injury after reevaluating him in the locker room. Dan Uggla entered the game in Escobar's stead, while Danny Espinosa moved over from second to third base.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 1 week ago

Escobar will bat leadoff Saturday against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

With Denard Span out of the lineup, Escobar will slot in to the leadoff spot for the fifth time this season. Escobar has hit safely in six straight games and in 13 of his last 14 starts, but when Anthony Rendon (knee) returns, Escobar may very well be relegated to a bottom-third spot in the order.