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2 Alcides Escobar SS
Height/Weight: 6-1/185 | Birthdate: 12/16/1986 | Birthplace: La Sabana, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 79/59 | Average Draft Position: 195.83
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Royals SS Alcides Escobar drives in three runs on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Royals shorstop Alcides Escobar stayed hot in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Rangers. Escobar went 3 for 5 (all singles) with three RBI two runs scored. He brought his season batting average up to .318, and has now has 10 hits in 26 at-bats since returning from a concussion on May 8.

Royals' Alcides Escobar slugs leadoff home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 6-2 win over the Tigers Saturday.

Escobar led off the game by smacking the first pitch from Anibal Sanchez over the left-field wall for his first home run of the year. He then added a second RBI on a single in the second inning, coming around to score his team's fourth run of the game later in the frame.

"Yeah, I was looking for a fastball on the first pitch," Escobar said. "And I said to myself, 'If he throws a fastball, I'm going to swing no matter what.' It feels good. He threw it right down the middle and I knew it was gone."

Escobar has racked up multiple hits in three of his last four games. He owns a .303/.337/.404 line with 10 RBI, 12 runs scored and two stolen bases in 89 at-bats.


Alcides Escobar returns to Royals' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Alcides Escobar returned to the Royals' starting lineup on Friday. Escobar was activated from the 7-day disabled list earlier in the day. He will play shortstop and lead off. 

Christian Colon, who started all seven games that Escobar missed, moves to third base to replace Mike Moustakas, placed on the bereavement list earlier in the day. It's the first start Moustakas has missed this season.

Colon will bat ninth. 


Royals activate shortstop Alcides Escobar from 7-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (concussion) was activated off the 7-day disabed list Friday. He had missed the last seven games after getting hit in the head by a pitch April 29.

Escobar is batting .250 (9 for 36) with three doubles, three RBI, three runs, two walks and one stolen base in his last nine games.


Royals SS Alcides Escobar (concussion) remains out Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who is currently on the 7-day concussion list, was not activated before Thursday's game against the Indians. However, Escobar could be nearing a return, as he took grounders before the game, according to MLB.com, which could determine if he is cleared to return to the lineup. 

Christian Colon will continue to be the starting shortstop until Escobar is ready to come back.


Royals infielder Alcides Escobar performs hitting drills Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Royals infielder Alcides Escobar was able to take part in infield drills and batting practice on Wednesday, manager Ned Yost said per MLB.com.

Escobar, who is currently on the 7-day DL with a concussion, is expected to undergo a concussion test on Thursday to see if he can be activated. Escobar has been out since May 1 with the injury and is hitting .291 with eight RBI in 79 at-bats.


Royals SS Alcides Escobar placed on 7-day disabled list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Royals second baseman Alcides Escobar was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Friday. Escobar has been out since getting hit in the head by a pitch Wednesday.

Escobar is not 100 percent and the team didn't want to risk any setbacks, manager Ned Yost said Friday. The results of Escobar's concussion test were not in by Friday afternoon, but Yost said Escobar wouldn't pass it, per MLB.com.

Escobar is eligible to come off the disabled list May 7 vs. Cleveland. Christian Colon started a second straight game at shortstop Friday in Escobar's absence and will likely see the bulk of starts while Escobar is sidelined.


Royals recall SS Orlando Calixte


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Royals have recalled shortstop Orlando Calixte to the 25-man roster, according to MLB.com. 

This is the Royals' corresponding move for placing Alcides Escobar on the seven-day disabled list. Escobar was hit in the face with a pitch in Wednesday's game against the Indians. 

Calixte appeared in one game for the Royals this season and went 0 for 2 in the outing. 


Royals SS Alicdes Escobar remains sidelined Friday vs. Tigers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar remained out of the lineup on Friday against the Tigers. Escobar suffered a left cheek contusion when he was hit by a pitch earlier in the week. Alex Gordon was in the leadoff spot while Christian Colon was at shorstop for the second consecutive game.

Royals SS Alcides Escobar may be destined for 7-day DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Ned Yost fears that Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar could have a concussion and might wind up on the 7-day disabled list, per 610 sports radio.

Yost added that Escobar has shown concussion symptoms that have motivated the team to provide further testing on him Friday.

Escobar sustained the injury on a hit-by-pitch to the cheek Thursday against Cleveland and is out of the lineup Friday.


Colon in, Escobar out at shortstop for Royals on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Perhaps unsurpisingly, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Tigers. Escobar left Wednesday's game against the Indians after being hit by a pitch in the face and has been diagnosed with a left cheek contusion.

Christian Colon made the start at shortstop on Thursday. Colon has had limited playing time in 2015 and is hitting .269 (7 for 26) with a double and a stolen base.

Left fielder Alex Gordon will move up to the leadoff spot in the lineup for the first time this season. Escobar has been the Royals' leadoff hitter in all but two games in 2015. Gordon is currently ranked ninth in the American League with a .413 on-base percentage. 

Escobar is hoping to return to the Royals lineup on Friday or Saturday, according to the Kansas City Star


Royals' Escobar suffers bruised cheek, receiving concussion tests


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has been diagnosed with a left cheek contusion after getting hit in the face with a pitch Wednesday and is still undergoing concussion tests, the Kansas City Star reports.

Escboar was able to walk off the field under his own power after getting beaned in the face by Cleveland starter Danny Salazar, finishing the game 1 for 2 with a run. He said after the game that he didn't suffer any broken bones in the incident and believes he'll be able to play Thursday if cleared by the medical staff, MLB.com reports.

Escobar has hit .291/.329/.367 with eight RBI and two stolen bases in 79 at-bats.


Indians' Salazar beans Royals' Escobar in face with pitch


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar beaned Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar in the face with a 96 mph fastball, resulting in a scary moment in Wednesday evening's game between the two teams. 

Escobar was able to stand and walk off the field under his own power. According to the Kansas City Star, Salazar looked "stricken" after hitting Escobar with the pitch, indicating it was definitely an accident. 

Escobar exited the game and Christian Colon came in to pinch-run. 

Escobar finished the game 1 for 2 with a run. 


Royals' Alcides Escobar on leg injury: I thought my leg was broken


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) After missing two games because of a knee injury, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said he was glad to be back in Monday's lineup, reports MLB.com.

"It's good right now and I'm happy to be back in the lineup," Escobar said.

Escobar injured the knee during Friday's game against the Athletics when third baseman Brett Lawrie clipped Escobar's leg as he slid into second base. When the injury occurred, Escobar initially feared the worst.

"I thought I broke my leg or my ankle," Escobar said. "When I see the replay, I say 'Wow. That's hard.'"

Escobar added that he is not concerned about the play moving forward.

"Right now, I'm thinking that it's in the past," he said.


Royals SS Alcides Escobar back in the lineup, Lorenzo Cain out


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is back in the starting lineup Monday against the Twins after missing last two games with a knee injury, according to 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City.

Escobar took a hard slide from Brett Lawrie in Friday's game against the Athletics and was forced to leave the game, which led to multiple bean balls being thrown throughout the weekend series. 

Outfielder Lorenzo Cain will get the day off Monday, with Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson starting in center and right field. Cain is tearing the cover off the ball to start the year, hitting a blistering .413 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 46 at-bats.

The Royals are currently the favorites (-150) against the Twins.


Royals hopeful Alcides Escobar will return by Tuesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) The Royals are hopeful that shortstop Alcides Escobar will be back in the lineup by Monday or Tuesday, per Fox Sports

Escobar has been out since suffering a bone bruise on his left knee, following a hard slide from Brett Lawrie in Friday's game. 


Alcides Escobar out of Royals' Sunday lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is not in the team's lineup for Sunday's game. Escobar was questionable with a sore knee.

He'll be replaced in the lineup by Christian Colon, who will bat eighth. 


'Slidegate' intensifies between Royals' Escobar, Athletics' Lawrie


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) The soap opera involving Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie continued Saturday through Twitter.

It began when Lawrie slid into Escobar on Friday night, causing the latter to be escorted off the field with a sprained knee and bruising.

Escobar later told Sports Radio 610 that he felt it was a "dirty slide" and added that Oakland outfielder Sam Fuld did the same thing to him a year ago. Others chimed in, claiming Lawrie came in spikes high. But Royals teammates such as Eric Hosmer offered his view that there was nothing dirty about it the play.

The controversy continued Saturday when Escobar told the Oakland Tribune that he had not heard any apology nor received any text from Lawrie. Lawrie, however, claimed he had texted Escobar to let him know he had no intention of causing injury.


Escobar sits out Saturday, Orlando takes Royals' leadoff spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Royals shortstop and leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar was not listed in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Athletics, according to MLB.com.

Escobar sustained a mild strain and contusion to his left knee during Friday's win over Oakland. He suffered the injury when Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie slid into him at second base while attempting to break up a double play in the seventh inning. Escobar is hitting .326 (14 for 43) with a .348 on-base percentage and five RBI in 10 games.

Right fielder Paulo Orlando took Escobar's spot at the top of the order. The 29-year-old Brazilian tripled in a run en route to Kansas City's 6-4 win over Oakland. He is hitting .313/.353/.813 with four triples over his first 17 career plate appearances.


Royals SS Alcides Escobar suffers knee injury Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar sustained a mild strain and contusion to his left knee during Friday's win over the Athletics, reports MLB.com.

Escobar was hurt when A's third baseman Brett Lawrie slid into him at second base while attempting to break up a double play in the seventh inning. The incident led to both benches clearing. Escobar immediately left the game.

After the game, Lawrie insisted he wasn't trying to injure Escobar.

"I would never try to cleat anybody," Lawrie said. "It wasn't like I overextended myself to go get him. He was right on top of the bag. That's just baseball right there."


Royals' Alcides Escobar flourishing in leadoff role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is in the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak, and manager Ned Yost credits his recent success to his role as a leadoff hitter, a move that dates back to September when the streak started, per MLB.com.

"Esky is just a good hitter," Yost said. "[Three] years ago, he had a great year, [hitting .293]. Then he had an off year [at .234] and then he had a phenomenal year last year [at .285]. He can hit."

Escobar has five hits over his last two games (10 at-bats). Through eight games this season, Escobar has a .412 batting average (14 for 34) with three doubles, seven runs scored, two walks and five RBI.

"I like it because you have to be ready right away," Escobar said. "When we're on the road, you got to get ready because you're up right away. Right away. It's good."


Royals' Alcides Escobar erases bad spring with strong start to season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Shortstop Alcides Escobar has hit safely in the Royals' first three games to open the season. He has had multihit performances in two of those outings.

Escobar is batting .500 (6 for 12) with two doubles, five runs, one walk and one stolen base. He has no RBI, however.

He hit .180 (11 for 61) with no home runs, four doubles, six runs and two RBI in 21 games during spring training.


Royals' Yost on Alcides Escobar: 'He just never slows down'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar had quite the busy year in 2014. After playing in all 162 regular season games, he then appeared in all 15 postseason games, went to Japan for the All-Star Series and capped it off by playing three weeks of winter ball.

"He just never slows down," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "Fortunately, he has the body to do that. He just doesn't seem to wear down."

Playing every day last season didn't seem to bother Escobar, who hit .320 with a .763 OPS in September. 

"I just love to play baseball," Escobar said. "It's really all I want to do."

Escobar apparently also loves hitting atop the lineup. When Escobar moved to the leadoff spot in mid-September last season, he hit .362 with a .397 on-base percentage and .478 slugging percentage in 16 games. Yost has indicated he plans to keep Escobar in the leadoff spot.

"I like it up there," Escobar said. "I'm still trying to learn, trying to find ways to get on base and take more pitches."


Royals' Alcides Escobar reaches twice in Game 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Royals infielder Alcides Escobar reached base twice Game 3 against the Giants. 

Escobar wound up playing a big role immediately, doubling in his first at-bat. He would come around to score later in the inning, giving the Royals a 1-0 lead. Escobar would strike again in the sixth inning. After a single, Escobar would score from first on an Alex Gordon double. Escobar went on to finish 2 for 4, with two runs scored.


Royals tab SS Alcides Escobar to lead off in World Series Game 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is leading off in the team's announced lineup for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday against the Giants.

Escobar led off just 16 times while playing all 162 games during the regular season, but he's been the man atop the lineup in each of the Royals' first eight postseason games -- all wins. He'll be followed by right fielder Norichika Aoki, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, first baseman Eric Hosmer, designated hitter Billy Butler, left fielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, second baseman Omar Infante and third baseman Mike Moustakas.