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Escobar leaves with wrist injury

Jun 5, 2015, 1:24 AM EST

May 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) at bat against the Miami Marlins during the game at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals saw Anthony Rendon finally return on Thursday night, but it didn’t take long for them to have another player go down.

Third baseman Yunel Escobar left the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs with a right wrist injury. Escobar hurt his wrist during a check-swing while facing Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first inning.

Manager Matt Williams is hopeful Escobar will not be out long after x-rays showed no broken bones.

“They took an x-ray. He’s fine. There’s no issue there. He just tweaked it trying to check up,” Williams said. “His right wrist wasn’t feeling good so we’ll evaluate that tomorrow and see where he’s at.”

Escobar, 32, has been a big asset for the Nationals this season after joining them over the winter in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Through 50 games he is batting .316 with two homers, 14 RBI and 28 runs.

  1. dcwx61 - Jun 5, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    yep….The Gods must love Espinosa…The minute he goes to the bench he is a starter again.
    Well, he’s playing good so keep it going.

    • natsguy - Jun 5, 2015 at 2:02 AM

      He’s not playing that well.

      • Doc - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:59 AM

        In the field Espi’s as solid as ever!

  2. scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    There is no reason why esco, a short stop , is playing 3rd. Tony can throw it better and cover more ground. Why in the world is esco playing 3rd after tony returns?

    To me this is as stoopit as rg3 being named a starter when he clearly can’t olay.

    • janebeard - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      They said it was because neither third nor second was his natural position, and that he’d learned third better than second. That said, SSs cover second often, so I’m a bit mystified too. But that’s the official explanation.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 5, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      Also maybe some concerns about diving plays at third re-aggravating (is that even a word?) Anthony’s injuries?

  3. rlndtln - Jun 5, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    No brainer I have been saying Rendon at 3rd.Believe me it will end up that way.Danny is a excellent defender and base runner.Right handed he is a solid hitter.Only weakness is batting lefty.So.use hime where he is strong.

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