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5 Yunel Escobar 3B
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 11/2/1982 | Birthplace: Havana, Cuba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 11/7 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nationals considering keeping Yunel Escobar at third base


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams will have a decision to make when his regular third baseman Anthony Rendon comes back from injury. With Rendon on the shelf, Yunel Escobar has shifted to third and Williams is considering leaving him there even after Rendon returns, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The team is unsure yet what will happen when Rendon returns, but one theory has Escobar staying at third and Rendon shifting to second base, according to Heyman.

Escobar is hitting .292 with five RBI in 65 at-bats while slotted at third base.


Nationals' Ian Desmond batting sixth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been moved down to the No. 6 slot for his team's matchup with the Marlins.

Desmond opened the season as the team's No. 6 batter but had slotted second for 10 straight games heading into Sunday's action. He has hit .333/.378/.500 in 42 at-bats out of the No. 2 spot this season. With the shortstop hitting lower in the order, third baseman Yunel Escobar will see his first action batting second since April 13.

The Nationals are favorites (-118) in Miami Sunday.


Yunel Escobar hits 10th inning walk-off for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar hit the first pitch he saw in the tenth inning for a two-out walk-off home run in Tuesday's 2-1 win over St. Louis. 

Escobar's second home run, both solo shots accounting for his only RBI this year, was his only hit of the day in five at bats. Escobar is now hitting .277. 


3B Yunel Escobar back in the lineup Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar has returned to the lineup for the Tuesday game against St. Louis after being sidelined since Saturday with a groin injury. He is batting sixth.

Escobar returns having sit safely in all but two games this year. He boasts a slash line of .286/.362/.405.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar (groin) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup Sunday for a second straight day while nursing a groin injury.

Escobar started each of the team's first 11 games at third base, filling in for the injured Anthony Rendon, before sitting out Saturday with the injury. He said before Sunday's game that he's feeling better and he'll practice on the field, per MLB.com. He also indicated that his MRI only showed groin inflammation, and that he hopes to be back in the lineup Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Danny Espinosa will draw a second straight start at third base against the Phillies. The Nationals are heavy home favorites (-225) Sunday.


Yunel Escobar, Wilson Ramos, Tyler Moore out of Nationals' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies. Escobar was questionable with a groin injury. He's been replaced by Danny Espinosa, who is batting seventh in the lineup.

Manager Matt Williams said Escobar "felt pretty good" Saturday morning. He will receive an MRI. 

Infielder Emmanuel Burriss is not in the starting lineup for Washington's Triple-A affiliate, Syracuse, leaving open the possibility that Escobar may be placed on the disabled list later today. 

Two other Nationals regulars are out of Saturday's lineup: Catcher Wilson Ramos and left fielder Tyler Moore. Jose Lobaton gets the start at catcher, batting eighth. Clint Robinson is in left, batting fifth. 


Nationals' Yunel Escobar exits game vs. Phillies with leg injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar was forced to exit Friday's game against the Phillies with a leg injury

Escobar, who started the game at third base, hit a ground ball in the bottom of the fourth and appeared to tweak something while running to first base. When he was taken out, Danny Espinosa moved to third and Dan Uggla came in at second. 

Escobar's game ended 1 for 3 with a single. 

After the game, Escobar was diagnosed with a strained groin and he will be reevaluated Saturday, reports MASN.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar hits leadoff home run Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar went 1 for 4 Thursday, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Phillies.

The home run, which was Escobar's first of the season, came off Phillies lefty Cole Hamels. He hit just one of his seven home runs off a southpaw last season. Escobar saw a seven-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday but was able to immediately turn things around one night later. He's 11 of 39 with five walks over 10 games.

"[Thursday], I felt like I played with the Nationals that I thought all along I'd play with," Escobar said in Spanish after the game, per the Washington Post. "I felt good. I was happy with the team. We were ahead, they tied the game and we didn't lower our heads and kept going. That was essential. That showed that we keep fighting and we've still got confidence, especially against a pitcher like Cole Hamels."


Nats move Escobar to leadoff spot, drop Taylor to ninth in order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams made a few changes to his batting order Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Williams moved Yunel Escobar from the No. 2 spot in the lineup into the leadoff spot, where Michael Taylor was positioned the first seven games. Taylor dropped to ninth in the lineup Tuesday.

Outfielder Jayson Werth, who made his season debut Monday after beginning the season on the disabled list, moved up from the cleanup spot to second in the lineup. 

Escobar has a .367 on-base percentage through seven games. He has a career .353 on-base percentage in 222 games batting first.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar succeeding out of No. 2 spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar has hit .304/.385/.391 in the team's first six games of the season while serving as Washington's third baseman and No. 2 batter.

Escobar was expected to play second base regularly for the Nationals coming into the season, but the injury to Anthony Rendon has put him at the hot corner over the first week of play, where he'll likely continue to play until Rendon returns. Escobar is playing third base and batting second again in Monday's series opener in Boston.


Nats' Rendon to open on DL after third opinion confirms MCL sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday the third opinion on third baseman Anthony Rendon's injured left knee confirmed the first two opinions -- a sprained MCL.

Williams said Rendon will continue to rehab the injury, but delivered the bad news that Rendon will begin the season on the disabled list. Williams said Rendon has a week-to-week type of injury, and sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman that Rendon could be back in three weeks.

General manager Mike Rizzo did not put a timetable on Rendon's return.

“It's positive news,” Rizzo told Heyman. “All three (doctors) agreed. There's nothing seriously wrong, and it should remedy itself. Some turn the corner quickly and with other guys it takes a few weeks. But he will be fine.”

Yunel Escobar is expected to fill in at third base during Rendon's absence, which means Danny Espinosa will likely replace Escobar at second base. Dan Uggla could also be an option, if he makes the Opening Day roster. Ryan Zimmerman is not expected to move back to third base with Rendon sidelined.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar will see five innings of work vs. Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that he plans to use infielder Yunel Escobar for five innings during Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, per MASN Sports. Escobar went 1 for 2 in his spring debut on Monday after nursing an oblique injury. Williams added that Escobar did not report any setbacks after his debut. 

Nationals' Yunel Escobar gets through first appearance unscathed


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar went 1 for 2 in his first appearance of spring training Monday after dealing with an oblique injury. Despite committing an error, Escobar was able to get through the game without re-aggravating the injury, reports MLB.com.

"No issues today, swinging hard and often, which is good," manager Matt Williams said of Escobar. "He came out of it just fine -- no issues [with the diving play]. It's a really good sign that he is really feeling good about it."


Nationals 2B Yunel Escobar (oblique) back in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar (oblique) is in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Yankees. Escobar has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game this spring as he recovers from an oblique issue.

Nationals' Yunel Escobar on track to make spring debut Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar (oblique) will go through full workouts Saturday, per The Washington Post. If all goes well, he is expected to make his spring debut Monday against the Yankees.

Nationals' Escobar getting close to playing in minor-league game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar (oblique) hopes to play in a minor-league game by Sunday, per MLB.com. Escobar has yet to appear in a major-league spring game.

Nationals' Yunel Escobar to take grounders, hit in cage Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar, who is recovering from an oblique strain, will take grounders and hit in the cage on Wednesday, according to MLB.com. Escobar resumed baseball activities on Sunday and took 25 ground balls on Tuesday, as he appears close to being cleared for game action. He has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut.

Nationals' Yunel Escobar resumes baseball activities


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar (oblique) threw and did rotational exercises Sunday, the Washington Post reports.

It was the first action in 10 days for Escobar, who is recovering from an oblique strain. Manager Matt Williams indicated that the infielder was a "full go" for all the exercises scheduled for Sunday. Escobar will continue to progress towards hitting.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar nearing return to baseball activities


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar (oblique) will begin light baseball activities Sunday or Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Escboar was diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain last weekend and was scheduled to receive seven-to-ten days of rest at the time. If he doesn't suffer a setback, he should be ready to play by opening day.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar shut down 7-10 days with oblique strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar was diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain, and will be shut down for 7-10 days, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.

Escobar was scratched from the lineup on Thursday and did not accompany his team for Saturday's game against Atlanta. He said his back feels better and manager Matt Williams noted that the Nationals still believe he'll be ready to go come opening day.


Yunel Escobar will be evaluated by Nationals' doctors on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that shortstop Yunel Escobar will have his back examined by team doctors and is not scheduled to make the trip for Friday's game against the Braves, per MLB.com. Escobar was scratched from Thursday's lineup with the issue, and is also dealing with an illness the past few days.

"He's been working hard, extra stuff and taking all his BP," Williams said. "We'll see what the doctor says today, but he's been a little bit delayed the last couple of days. We'll get back today and see where he's at."


Nationals scratch IF Yunel Escobar from Thursday's game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Yunel Escobar will not make his Nationals spring training debut as he's been scratched from Thursday's lineup, according to The Washington Post

Escobar is dealing with back soreness, which is why he was scratched from the contest. Manager Matt Williams didn't seem all that concerned about the issue. "[The back soreness] is natural," Williams said. "There's lots of different turns, stuff like that. Rather than take a chance at this point, we are going to make sure we give him some extra time to work it out. We'll see how he is tomorrow."

Escobar has been seeing a lot of work at second base recently and is being given the day off. 


Nationals' Yunel Escobar ahead of schedule in position transition


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar was informed when he was traded from the Athletics he was switching from shortstop to second base for this season. Escobar has put in extra work to get himself ready for live action this spring at second, the position he's played since 2007, reports MLB.com.

"He is a big man and has real light feet. He is very bouncy, live body," defensive coordinator and advance coach Mark Weidemaier said. "He has taken to the footwork well, as far as turning double plays. There are things we have to polish a little bit, but he is way ahead of the game for me. He has taken to it like a duck to water. It's very natural to him."

Manager Matt Williams is planning to start Escobar at second Thursday.

"He is going to play. He needs to play games and get game experience and get back in the flow of [being on] the other side of the diamond," Williams said. "He is ready to go, I know that."


Nationals' Yunel Escobar returns after dealing with fever Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar was back practicing Tuesday after missing on-field workouts Monday due to a fever, according to The Washington Post. Escobar said he was feeling better Tuesday.

Nationals' Yunel Escobar gets strong reviews at second


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar received strong reviews after taking fielding practice at the position on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Escobar met with team officials recently to discuss the transition. While he was initially hesitant to move off shortstop, Escobar said he's now committed to being the best second baseman in the league. Escobar spent the past month preparing at second base, but asked that the Nationals be patient as he gets used to his new spot.

Nationals defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier doesn't think it will take long for Escobar to master the new position. "His athleticism, his agility...his footwork is excellent," Weidemaier said. "I don't think it's going to be a big transition for him."

Escobar, 32, hit .258/.324/.340 over 476 at-bats last year.