Davey Martinez had Alcides Escobar starting at short with Luis García at second after Trea Turner and three other players tested positive for COVID-19, and before Turner was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers this past Friday, but Escobar got hit by a pitch in Philadelphia last week, and the issue got worse.
“Yeah, he got an MRI on his wrist, it swelled up pretty good on him, everything came back negative,” Davey Martinez said on Sunday afternoon, “but he had some significant swelling, they actually had to drain it, so he’s real sore, he felt better today, so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
With Escobar out, Luis García started at short in the second and third games with Chicago’s Cubs in the nation’s capital, which is something Martinez wanted to do anyway, so he could see the 21-year-old infielder play the position.
“Escobar, when he’s back and he gets healthy, he’s going to play some short as well,” the manager said, “but like I said before, I’ll try to move those guys around, because Esky did play some second base for us too, and I want to see Luis play some short as well.”
In Saturday’s game, Martinez saw things from García at short that he said he wanted the infielder to work on, and he saw his suggestions put into play late in Sunday’s game.
Patrick Wisdom reached base for the Cubs on a catcher’s interference call in first at-bat of the ninth, but Matt Duffy hit a grounder to short to start a 6-4-3 DP, and a pop to third base ended the inning before Yadiel Hernández hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning.
“I talked to [García] today about coming to get the baseball and not sitting back on balls, and he turned a very important double play with [Kyle] Finnegan on the mound and he came and got the ball and that’s what I want to see. I want to see him moving his feet, and I told him he’s going to play some short, he’s going to play some second, but he’s got to move his feet, he can’t stay back on his heels, and it was a perfect example there, he came and got the ball, flipped it to [Adrián] Sanchez and we turned a very important double play in that situation.
“We’re going to continue to work with him and get him better at both positions.”
García is playing short again tonight, with Adrián Sanchez at second and Escobar still out with the wrist issue apparently...