Jun 5, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT
Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Friday, his right wrist still sore following an awkward check-swing that knocked him out of Thursday night’s game after only one inning.
X-rays taken of Escobar’s wrist were negative, but the veteran infielder continued to be bothered by soreness in the area and didn’t feel well enough to start Friday night against the Cubs.
“He got an X-ray; that’s negative,” manager Matt Williams said. “We’ll see how he reacts to it and all the treatment today. We’ll just play it day-by-day with him.”
Escobar hurt himself trying to check his swing on high, 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the first inning Thursday night. He was called out, as was Anthony Rendon, who was trying to steal second base on the play. Escobar appeared to be in some pain after the swing, and he wound up not re-taking the field for the top of the second.
“I have done it. It’s no fun,” Williams said. “It’s big force coming through there. You’re fully committed to a swing, and then you try to stop it. Especially when it’s up in the strike zone, because then your hands leave your body. It’s no fun.”
With Escobar out, the Nationals were forced to move Rendon to third base after making plans for him to serve as their regular second baseman upon making his season debut following knee and oblique injuries. Rendon was back at third base Friday night, with Danny Espinosa starting at second.
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