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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%: 56/44 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar a steady presence at the plate


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Yunel Escobar continues to be an offensive force for the Nationals. On Tuesday, Escobar went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored as the Nationals walked off on the Yankees 8-6. Escobar actually scored the game-winning run on Ryan Zimmerman's two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Escobar is on fire at the plate. Over his last 10 games, he's hitting .405 (17 for 42) with a double and five RBI, and he's riding a modest four-game hitting streak.

With just two home runs on the season, Escobar hasn't provided the type of power usually seen from a third baseman. Regardless, he's been a bit of a revelation in the Nation's Capital, and is entrenched at the hot corner for manager Matt Williams. 

"I just like the way we're going about it," Williams said, per MLB.com. "Their energy, they are playing well, they feel like they are in the game, they battle back. So, I like that."


Nationals' Yunel Escobar goes 5 for 5 for second time in a week


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar went 5 for 5 in Monday night's 11-1 win over the Diamondbacks. 

All five of Escobar's hits were single, with one of them driving in a run. This is the second time Escobar has gone 5 for 5 in the past week. He also pulled this feat off on May 4 against the Marlins. 

"It was nice to see him get back in there today," manager Matt Williams said. "He feels good. That's all I care about. Regardless of how many hits he gets, he feels good."

The outing has Escobar batting .410 this month. He's now riding a streak of five games in a row with at least one hit. 

For the season, Escobar's slash line is now .342/.388/.423. 


Nationals CF Dernard Span, 3B Yunel Escobar in Monday's lineup


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Center fielder Denard Span will return to the Nationals' starting lineup Monday while Yunel Escobar is also in the lineup after exiting Sunday's game early.

Span sat out Sunday's win against the Braves and Escobar left after three innings with a stomach bug.

Span began the season on the disabled list (core muscle) and since his April 19th return has played in 20 of the Nats' 25 games, hitting .284 with seven doubles.

Nationals' Yunel Escobar left game due to stomach bug


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said after Sunday's 5-4 win over the Braves that third baseman Yunel Escobar was removed due to a stomach bug.

There was some speculation that Escobar could have injured himself during a check-swing, but it appears the infielder is only dealing with an illness. He went 1 for 2 with a run Sunday and has hit .311/.362/.396 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 106 at-bats.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar exits Sunday's game


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar has left Sunday's game against the Braves after three innings with an undisclosed issue, reports MASNsports.com. 

Some reports indicated he injured himself during a check swing.

Danny Espinosa has moved from second base to third and Dan Uggla has entered the game, hitting in Escobar's spot, and is now playing second. 

Escobar was 1 for 2 with a run scored in the game.


Nationals' Span sits; Escobar, Desmond move up Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Span has made six straight starts atop the Nationals lineup but will get a breather Sunday. He'll be replaced in center field by Michael Taylor, who is batting eighth.

With Span out, third baseman Yunel Escobar will lead off for the second time this season, while Ian Desmond will jump to the No. 2 spot for just the second time in the last 10 games.

The Nationals are favorites (-160) against the Braves Sunday.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar hits third on Wednesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar hit from the No. 3 position in manager Matt Williams' lineup on Wednesday. It was the first time this season that Escobar hit third in the batting order, as Williams shuffled the order a bit for the matinee matchup against the Marlins.

Escobar continues to hit well in 2015, though he did go hitless in three at-bats on Tuesday.

Shortstop Ian Desmond was moved up to the second spot in the lineup, while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman returned to their normal spots, batting fourth and fifth respectively on Wednesday. 


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar posts perfect day at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar went a perfect 5 for 5 at the plate in Washington's 6-4 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Escobar collected five singles, including the go-ahead two RBI in the eighth inning off of Bryan Morris, scoring Tyler Moore and Denard Span.

"He doesn't get outside himself," manager Matt Williams said after the game, per MLB.com. "He understands situations. He understands what's needed in that given at-bat. He's got an idea of what the pitcher is going to do. He studies the hitters before him and simply has an approach when he goes up there. Those kinds of at-bats are at-bats that prolong innings. They get you wins like they did tonight."

Escobar boosted his average to .311 with seven RBI in 90 at-bats this season.


Nationals' Rendon likely to shift to second base upon return


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Nationals' infielder Anthony Rendon, who is currently rehabbing from a knee surgery suffered in spring training, may not return to third base when he makes it back to Washington's lineup. Yunel Escobar is expected to stay at the hot corner, while Rendon moves over to second base, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Escobar has committed just one error in 19 games at third this season, and has said he is more comfortable at third than second. Meanwhile, Rendon has played over 100 games at second in his career, and the move from third should take some pressure off of his knee.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar returns to starting lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar returned to the starting lineup and will bat second Thursday night against the Mets, according to the Washington Post. Escobar has been sidelined since Monday with a hand injury. He is hitting .284 in 67 at-bats this season.

Washington is considered a slight favorite (-108) at Citi Field.


Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar out of lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday with Danny Espinosa taking over the spot, the team announced.

Escobar suffered a hand injury in Monday's game with cuts on his hand when Andrelton Simmons slid into his glove trying to reach third base. Espinosa, who has played second for the majority of the year, will move to third with Dan Uggla drawing another start at second.

Manager Matt Williams said that Escobar is available in an emergency situation, as he was for Tuesday's game. He expects the infielder will be ready to return to his regular role Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

The Nationals are currently the favorites (-110) against Atlanta.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is out of the lineup as expected for Tuesday's matchup with the Braves.

Escobar suffered a hand injury on a hard slide by Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons Monday and is dealing with multiple cuts on his hand. Danny Espinosa is getting the start at third base Tuesday, with Dan Uggla manning second base.

Manager Matt Williams said that Escobar is only available in emergency situations, the Washington Post reports.

The Nationals are underdogs (+100) against the Braves Tuesday.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar leaves game with hand injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Monday's game against the Braves with an apparent injury when Andrelton Simmons slid directly into his glove and ripped it off his hand, the team announced.

"I was going hard. Just going hard and trying to go right for the bag," Simmons said after the game, per MLB.com. "It's bad that somebody got hurt. Hopefully it's not that bad, but I was just trying to to play hard."

Danny Espinosa shifted over to third base and Dan Uggla took over at second. Escobar is dealing with multiple cuts on his hand and expects to miss a day or two with the injuries.

"You can't slide like that," Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper said. "[He] really plays with a lot of energy, so you kind of expect something like that. But that slide was definitely uncalled for."

Escobar was 0 for 2 in the game and is hitting .284 in 67 at-bats this season.


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.