Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EDT
[Updated 11:09 p.m.]
Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner.
Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but it resulted in Escobar immediately falling to the dirt in a heap.
The Nats’ veteran is now considered day-to-day after X-rays showed no structural damage.
“Ball got him in the back of the right hand. Had some swelling,” manager Matt Williams said. “He’s day-to-day. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
Escobar remained on the ground for several moments after getting hit as Williams and trainer Steve Gober rushed to his aid. He was able to rise and walk to first to remain in the game for the remainder of the inning.
Escobar was out on the next play as Ian Desmond grounded out to second baseman Yangervis Solarte, who tagged him. Escobar was then replaced in the top of the sixth as the Nationals emerged from the dugout to play defense. Danny Espinosa came in to play second base, while Anthony Rendon moved from second to third.
Escobar, 32, is batting .308 with nine home runs and 42 RBI this season. He has dealt with several minor injuries this season, including a few involving his wrists. He left the team’s June 5 game after injuring his right wrist on a check-swing.
Escobar has now left eight of the Nationals’ games this season due to injury. Two times have been because of his right hand (including Thursday) and three times have involved his left hand. The other three dealt with his hamstring (July 6), his groin (April 17) and his neck (Aug. 21).
The previous seven times Escobar left a game with an injury, he did not miss more than a handful of games.
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