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5 Yunel Escobar SS
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 11/2/1982 | Birthplace: Havana, Cuba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 5/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nats' Rendon to open on DL after third opinion confirms MCL sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:32 am ET) 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.


Nationals' Escobar: I'm determined to be one of best 2B in NL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar initially had some doubts about moving from shortstop to second base, but after meeting with general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Matt Williams, he is all for the position switch.

“I'm determined to be one of the best second basemen in the National League,” Escobar told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman in a phone interview.

”After what they expressed to me and what their vision is, I feel more comfortable,” Escobar said through Alex Esteban, his agent who acted as interpreter. “I am going to play second base with an open mind.”


Escobar to start at 2B for Nationals, Espinosa returns to utility role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday infielder Yunel Escobar, who was acquired in a trade Wednesday with the Athletics, will be the team's starting second baseman.

Rizzo added Danny Espinosa, who started a team-high 77 games at second base in 2014, will return to a utility role.


Nationals GM Mike Rizzo: Ian Desmond 'is our shortstop'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) While it doesn't appear the Nationals have made progress on a long-term deal with shortstop Ian Desmond, it appears he will be the team's starting shortstop in 2015. General manager Mike Rizzo made that point when talking to the media Thursday after the acquisition of infielder Yunel Escobar, who will be the team's starting second baseman.

"Ian Desmond is our shortstop," Rizzo said. "He’s the leader of our team. He’s one of the best shortstops in all of baseball."

FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this week Desmond was part of a failed three-team trade between the Nationals, Mets and Rays. Rizzo said a trade offer would "have to be pretty elaborate not to have Ian Desmond on this team," per CSNwashington.com.

Desmond remains a trade possibility for the Mets, major-league sources told the New York Daily News. As of Thursday, no deal was imminent, and talks between the two sides have not gained traction. However, the Mets continue to monitor Desmond's situation amid expectations they will talk to the Nationals again.

The 29-year-old shortstop is entering the final year of his contract.


Nationals deal Tyler Clippard for Athletics infielder Yunel Escobar


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Nationals have traded reliever Tyler Clippard for Athletics infielder Yunel Escobar, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Clippard news was initially reported by MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical.

Escobar was just acquired by Oakland, but will be on the move once again. The 32-year-old is coming off a season in which he posted a .258/.324/.340 slash line over 476 at-bats. Escobar is under contract for two more seasons. He's set to make a total of $13 million over those two years. He also has a $7 million option for 2017. Prior to joining Oakland, Escobar spent his last two years with the Rays. 

Clippard, 29, is under control for one more season. He's currently arbitration-eligible, and hasn't settled on a contract for the 2015 season. Clippard posted a 2.18 ERA over 70 1/3 innings last year. 


Report: Zobrist, Desmond were part of failed Mets-Rays-Nationals trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) A three-team trade involving the Mets, Nationals and Rays, which included players Ian Desmond and Ben Zobrist, had been discussed recently, but fell through after the Mets balked at the Rays asking price, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. 

The talks unfolded with the Nationals trading Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, who were eventually traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays would have then dealt Desmond to the Mets, who are looking for an upgrade at shortstop.

Unfortunately, the Mets chose not to pursue the deal after the Rays requested two top prospects from a list of three, which New York considered too much for Desmond, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season. The Rays' list included Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard. It is not known who the other two targets were.

The Mets were also engaged with the Rays in a trade for Zobrist, but once again the Rays wanted two top prospects and the Mets did not want to make that deal. Zobrist will also be a free agent after the 2015 season.


A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar from Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) The Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays in exchange for catcher John Jaso and two prospects and cash, both clubs announced Saturday. The two prospects include shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the trade, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed the deal.

Zobrist, a two-time All Star, is coming off a season in which he hit .272/.354/.395 over 570 at-bats. He is entering the final year of his contract, and is due $7.5 million next season. Escobar, 32, hit 258/.324/.340 with seven homers and 39 RBI over 476 at-bats in 2014. He is expected to earn $5 million this season and $7 million in 2016, with a club option for 2017 at $7 million with a $1 million buyout.

The move will likely turn recently acquired Marcus Semien into an "everyday super utility player," Slusser said.


MRI shows no structural damage for Yunel Escobar


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters that shortstop Yunel Escobar underwent an MRI, which showed no tears or structural damage, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Escobar suffered a left knee sprain on Tuesday, which knocked him out for the final week of the season. He hit 258/.324/.340 with seven homers and 39 RBI over 476 at-bats.

Yunel Escobar done for year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has had his season cut give games short. A left knee sprain sustained Tuesday against Boston will prevent him from playing the rest of the way, per the Tampa Tribune.

Escobar, who suffered the sprain when his spike stuck in the dirt trying to avoid a tag and score from second base, will undergo an MRI to ensure there is no further damage. He finishes the year with a .258/.324/.340 stat line, but just 33 runs and 39 RBI in 476 at-bats.


Yunel Escobar leaves game with knee sprain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was removed from Tuesday's game with a left knee sprain, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Escobar was 1 for 1 before exiting and is day-to-day with the injury.

Yunel Escobar returns from one-game absence with illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, after sitting out Sunday's game with an illness. He missed one game, but the day off Monday also helped him get back to full health.