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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Escobar (knee) is likely done for the season, the Associated Press reports. "I don't think it's anything serious, but enough to keep him out for any week of the season," manager Joe Maddon said of Escobar's injury.

He left the game after spraining his left knee while sliding into home during the third inning. Those in single-season leagues can safely move on from Escobar now, and the Rays will probably use a combination of Ben Zobrist, Sean Rodriguez and Nick Franklin at shortstop over the season's final games.

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Escobar left Tuesday's game in the third inning with a left knee sprain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Escobar attempted to go from second base to home on a single by Ben Zobrist in the top of the third, but a spike on his cleat caught the dirt as he went for the slide. The Rays will send Escobar for an MRI, but Topkin noted that the team didn't seem especially concerned about the injury.

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Escobar left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox after a play at the plate in the top of the third inning.

It appeared as though a spike on Escobar's cleat caught the dirt as he tried to slide into home plate. While he needed some help initially, Escobar ultimately walked off under his own power, albeit with a noticeable limp. Ben Zobrist moved in to man short, with Brandon Guyer coming into the game to play center.

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Escobar is not in the lineup Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

With Nick Franklin up with the Rays, it's possible that Escobar could see less regular at-bats down the stretch. Ben Zobrist will start at shortstop Wednesday, with Franklin playing second.

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Escobar went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

Escobar has been on a roll at the dish recently, as the veteran shortstop has now put up four multi-hit performances across his last eight games. During this stretch, Escobar has gone 12-for-29 overall with three doubles, three homers and seven RBI.

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Escobar went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and four RBI in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

Escobar absolutely terrorized Michael Pineada, hitting a three-run homer off of the young starter in the fourth inning and later adding a solo shot in the seventh. Not known for his power, it was Escobar's first home run since June 16. He plays nearly ever day, but there's not too much to be excited about, with a batting average of just .253 and very little pop.