Christian Colon

Royals place Alcides Escobar on concussion disabled list

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Alcides Escobar had hoped to avoid the disabled list after being hit in the face by a Danny Salazar pitch Wednesday, but the Royals have placed the shortstop on the seven-day concussion DL.

Christian Colon has been filling in at shortstop for Escobar, who played all 162 games last season and 155 or more games every year from 2011-2014.

Kansas City will miss his defense most, but Escobar’s speed atop the lineup is also a big part of manager Ned Yost’s strategy even though he has a lowly .653 OPS in 652 total games for the Royals.