Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar out with bug bite infection

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Alcides Escobar was removed from yesterday’s lineup and is expected to sit out today’s game as well with an infection on his arm from a bug bite that he scratched.

According to manager Ned Yost the shortstop “scratched it and now he’s got red streaks and it’s swollen and warm.”

Yost added that it’s “nothing major” and said Escobar is on antibiotics to clear up the infection, so presumably he’ll be back in the lineup at some point later this week.

No word yet on if the bug in question is of the “bed” variety, and further whether Escobar knew to sleep tight and not let them bite.

Yankees activate Giancarlo Stanton

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The New York Yankees have activated Giancarlo Stanton. He’ll be in the lineup in tonight’s game against the Rays.

Stanton has been on the injured list since April 1 due to a left biceps strain and a left shoulder strain sustained in what Aaron Boone called a “funky swing” at the time. He began a rehab assignment in late May, had it halted due to injury, and resumed it recently. He’s been swinging the bat well during his most recent stint, socking four homers in ten games.

That pop will be welcome. The Yankees have weathered Stanton’s injury — and injuries to Aaron Judge and scads of other players — but a team can’t defy gravity forever. At some point you need your established threats back. With Stanton coming back tonight, Judge coming back later this week and with the addition of Edwin Encarnación in that trade with Seattle, the Bombers should continue to hit bombs throughout the summer.