UPDATE: 11:45 PM EDT:
#Nats Mgr Matt Williams said Yunel Escobar (groin) reported he felt pretty good this morning when he arrived. He will receive an MRI today.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 18, 2015
Yunel Escobar pulled up lame after running through first base on a groundout in the bottom of the fourth inning in last night's win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Escobar reached for the the inside of his left leg as he crossed the bag, in what's become known as a universal sign of a groin issue. Back of the leg = hamstring, inner thigh, front of the leg = groin.
Washington's 32-year-old infielder left the game at that point, replaced by Dan Uggla, who took over at second with Danny Espinosa moving over to third.
After the game, Nationals' manager Matt Williams was asked about the apparent injury.
"He strained his groin a little bit," Williams said. "So we took him out making sure he didn't do anything further.
"So, we'll see how he wakes up tomorrow and see how he feels. So I'll have more information on that in the morning. He says he feels okay, but we'll see how he wakes up, see how sore he is tomorrow."
Williams was unwilling to say at the time if the injury was serious enough to require a call-up.
"The only way that we have anybody here is if he's DL'd," the second-year skipper explained. "So we'll see how that all plays out tomorrow. As of right now he says that he feels okay. So we'll evaluate that, we'll have him get in here and get some treatment and evaluate how he's feeling and go from there."
Missing Escobar for any length of time would be a serious blow for the Nats.
Through 11 games this season, the veteran in his eighth major league season is 12 for 42 (.286/.362/.405) with a double, a home run, five walks and three Ks.
With Anthony Rendon still working his way back from an MCL sprain, Escobar, who was acquired with the intention of having him play second, has filled in admirably at third.
Williams went on to say that it was the first time a groin injury has come up. Escobar dealt with an oblique issue early this Spring, but the groin wasn't a problem before last night.
"We don't know severity yet because we haven't evaluated any further, just made sure that we got him iced up and shut down for tonight and then we'll see how he is tomorrow."
Though there was word before this afternoon's game that minor league infielder Emmanuel Burriss might be on his way up, it appears that as of now Escobar might be able to avoid a DL stint.
Though he wasn't in the lineup for the third game of four with the Philadelphia Phillies when it was announced, he was listed as being available on the bench.
Escobar listed on #Nats bench on lineup card, so no DL for now.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) April 18, 2015
With Escobar out of the starting lineup, the Nationals have Espinosa at third and Uggla at second as they were last night. [ed. note - "And it's 'Pups at the Park' day."]:
Espinosa is coming off a solid night at the plate which saw him go 1 for 3 with a walk, a K and a solo home run off Phillies' starter Sean O'Sullivan in the fourth. He's 4 for 14 (.286/.444/.786) with a double and two home runs in five starts so far this season.
Jayson Werth, who has played every game since returning from the DL gets the day off this afternoon, as does Wilson Ramos in a day game after a night game.
Jordan Zimmermann will look to bounce back from a rough start in Boston last time out in which he gave up nine hits and eight runs, seven earned in just 2 ⅓ IP.
Aaron Harang takes the mound for the Phillies this afternoon in the 1:05 PM EDT start.
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