Yunel Escobar was forced to exit last night’s game due to a left groin injury and the team announced this morning that he will be sent for an MRI.
Escobar suffered the injury running down the first base line in the fourth inning last night. He’s convinced that it’s not a big deal and that he’ll be ready to go in a couple of days, but Nationals manager Matt Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that they’ll look at the test results before deciding on a possible disabled list stint.
“He says he feel OK,” manager Matt Williams said. “The results will tell us more, and we’ll be able to make a decision. Right now, we’re just waiting on him having that test.”
The Nationals are already without Anthony Rendon, so their infield depth is being tested in the early part of the season. Danny Espinosa is making the first start of his career at third base today while Dan Uggla is playing second base.
Escobar has been one of the Nationals’ best hitters thus far, batting .286/.362/.405 through 11 games.
Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.
Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”
Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.
In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.
This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.