Skip to content

Updated: Escobar leaves game with wrist injury

Jul 22, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

USA Today Sports Images

[Updated at 5:16 p.m.]

Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the second inning against the New York Mets with a left wrist injury. He underwent an X-ray afterwards that showed no bone fractures.

“That X-ray is negative. We’re going to send him in for further tests. That’s all we know at this point,” Matt Williams said.

The Nationals infielder fell to the ground after swinging at a pitch from Noah Syndergaard. He then got up clutching his left wrist as trainers and Williams came to his aid.

Escobar would stay in for one more pitch, one that he fouled off. But after that he felt something and immediately dropped his bat and walked to the dugout. Dan Uggla replaced him and struck out on the next pitch.

Though the X-rays showed no broken bones, that does not mean he is in the clear. Initial X-rays for Wilson Ramos after he suffered a left hand injury on Opening Day of 2014 were negative. But then a second opinion found he had broken his hamate bone. X-rays on Jayson Werth’s wrist were also negative back in May before further testing revealed two fractures. He remains out of the Nationals lineup more than two months later.

This is the second time Escobar has suffered an injury on a check-swing. He left the Nats’ game against the Chicago Cubs on June 6 after hurting his right wrist.

Escobar has been one of the Nats’ best players this season after coming over in an offseason trade with the Oakland Athletics. He is batting .322 with five homers, 30 RBI and 44 runs in 84 games.


  1. scnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    This is getting to be too much. Why trade our young talent to shore up a team of apparent tin men.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      What are you talking about?

      • scmargenau - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:37 PM

        Exactly! What are we trading??

        Turner n Ross need to be on team now. They can’t learn more in minors n we need them. If either of those are traded for BP – I’ll go ape #%^+

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:42 PM

        MW needs to do his Babe Ruth imitation soon or the Nats are doomed!

        Seriously, this makes it easy to decide where Rendon will play, assuming he comes through today’s game in good shape. And if Escobar needs a stint on the DL (hope not), let him learn 2B while he rehabs.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 22, 2015 at 8:56 PM

        MW needs to get the Babe back in uniform

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        Just get everyone back healthy by September 1st.

  2. scnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    If we are going to get help for the bullpen its likely someone like Difo would be departing, don’t you think?

  3. tcostant - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    I guess it is good when you can pull a Rendon from the minors to replace him…

    • scnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:33 PM

      Agree but its not like Rendon has shown, this year, he can be counted on for an extended stretch.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        Not yet.

  4. Oscar Gamble - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Should have never shut Strasburg after he cane back firm TJ. That kind of run doesn’t happen often.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      John Feinstein, is that you?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 5:53 PM

        Are we back to that BS again

      • dcwx61 - Jul 22, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        No, it’s Oscar Gamble. He played for the Indians and Yanks in the 70’s and had the biggest Fro ever seen on this planet….and a pretty good hitter to boot.

    • nattyboh1 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:59 PM

      Yeah Oscar, because he was totally lights out in August that year. Oh wait, you don’t recall because you weren’t watching the games, just listening to the loudmouths on ESPN?

      • Section 222 - Jul 22, 2015 at 5:42 PM


      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 5:53 PM


  5. natsfan1a - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    On topic, hoping it’s nothing serious, and that we’ll see Esco back in the lineup soon.

    • Andrew Wallace - Jul 22, 2015 at 5:33 PM

      Having seen a lot of people break their hamate bones….this was the absolute epitome of what it looks like. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t have fractured hamate bone. That said I desperately hope I’m wrong. To be honest though I’m also still concerned that Bryce hurt his wrist so I’m a worrier.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 PM

        from a check swing. ?…I don”t know that anybody knows

  6. NatsLady - Jul 22, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Said this in previous thread but will repeat. Re: Harper and Esco.

    “Locate Werth’s wrist guy. Make sure he has a look, and another look after the swelling goes down.”

  7. mrnat7 - Jul 22, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Have you noticed Bryce isn’t going oppo bobpo lately? It seems he is trying to pull everything. I know they are pitching in more but he is still getting alot of pitches on the outside corner. He was hitting better when he was going to all fields.

    • janebeard - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      ESPN just showed Harp shaking to his wrist. That would be all we need, is to lose him.

      But ON TOPIC… I hope that they get the right person to see Yuni. Because a hamate bone can heal by the playoffs.





As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at Click here for past audio clips.

Follow us on Twitter