Yunel Escobar on track to make Grapefruit League debut on Monday

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Yunel Escobar suffered a Grade 1 left oblique strain earlier this month, but Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports that he’s on track to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday.

Escobar was originally slated to play in a minor league game on Sunday, but he’s progressing quicker than expected, so he’s skipping that step. He participated in full pre-game activities this morning, including taking batting practice and fielding grounders at second base for the first time since March 5.

Escobar, who was acquired from the Athletics over the winter, is making the transition to second base this spring. It’s believed that his extra work at the position in the early part of camp is what led to the injury.

While things are looking up for Escobar, third baseman Anthony Rendon is still nursing a minor MCL sprain in his left knee and it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to return to game action.