Jul 22, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT
[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.
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