Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 2 days ago

Escobar (hand) will return to the lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Phillies, CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman reports.

After returning Bryce Harper (leg) and Denard Span (back) to the lineup for the first game of the day, the Nationals will welcome back another regular for the nightcap in Escobar, who missed the last two games following the pitch to the hand he received Friday night. X-rays didn't indicate any sort of fracture, and with the swelling having now sufficiently subsided, it looks like Escobar will be back in the fold as the Nats' everyday third baseman.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 2 days ago

Escobar (hand) remains out of the lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

Escobar left Friday's game after being hit on the hand by a pitch, and he did not play in Saturday's matchup with Philadelphia. while X-rays came back negative, Escobar is likely dealing with considerable swelling and discomfort. Danny Espinosa is in the lineup at third base Sunday afternoon.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 3 days ago

Escobar (hand) will not play Saturday against the Phillies, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

X-rays on Escobar's hand were negative after he was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of Friday's game, but he is said to be dealing with significant swelling. It sounds like manager Matt Williams has ruled him out as an option off the bench Saturday, and it's at least possible the Nats could opt to hold Escobar out through Monday's off day.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 3 days ago

Escobar left Friday's game with a left hand contusion.

An Aaron Harang pitch struck him on the hand in the first inning, resulting in Escobar's fifth early exit of the season. Fortunately, X-rays were negative, but Escobar's status for the final two games of the series is uncertain. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 3 days ago

Escobar left Friday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch in his first at-bat, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

He was able to take first base after being hit by an Aaron Harang pitch in the first, but did not come out to take the field in the bottom of the frame. It marks the fifth time Escobar's been hit by a pitch this season, and the fifth time he's had to leave a game early due to an ailment.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 1 week ago

Escobar went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, and a three-run home run in the win over Pittsburgh Sunday.

Escobar bounced back nicely Sunday after being scratched with an illness the day before. Escobar is hitting .331/.381/.420 for the season but only 13 of his 81 hits have went for extra bases. It's possible that part of his game is coming around a bit, though, as four of those have come in his last 12 games.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 1 week ago

Escobar (illness) will return to the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Escobar's stomach bug cost him Saturday's contest, but he'll rejoin the lineup Sunday at third base, batting second. The veteran has adjusted well to the shift from shortstop this season, and is on pace for the best offensive campaign of his career thus far, batting .329/.380/.408 with three home runs and 23 RBI.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 1 week ago

Escobar has been scratched from Saturday's lineup due to a stomach bug, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

The 32-year-old collected another hit Friday, giving him 23 in 61 June at-bats (.377 average), but he's fallen under the weather and will be forced to sit Saturday. Anthony Rendon will move over to replace Escobar at third base as Bryce Harper moves up to the No. 3 spot in the order.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 2 weeks ago

Escobar went 2-for-5 Saturday with a two-run blast, his third home run of the season.

He continues to be one of the surprises of the season for the Nats, and while Escobar doesn't supply much power or speed, his .319/.373/.403 slash line still carries plenty of value for a player with middle infield eligibility.

Yunel Escobar SS/3B WAS 3 weeks ago

Escobar (wrist) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.

Escobar was removed from Thursday's game due to a wrist injury, and was held out of the lineup Friday and Saturday as a result. Although reports Saturday suggested he'd miss Sunday's contest as well, Escobar will return to third base and bat second in the order. His presence in the lineup suggests he'll be able to avoid a brief DL stint, and that the ailment shouldn't be a major concern moving forward.