Escobar went 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored once in Thursday's 5-1 win against the Rays. Escobar, who spent the 2013 and '14 seasons with the Rays, extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying 12 games and put his batting average at .327, tops among MLB third basemen. The 33-year-old is batting .350 (70-for-200) since May 3. He's now hitting .327/.374/.426, after posting a breakthrough .314/.375/.415 slash line last year.
Escobar went 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. His seven-game absence due to a knee injury didn't cool off his bat at all, and Escobar boosted his slash line on the season to .318/.367/.417 with Sunday's performance. Given where the Angels are in the standings and Escobar's experience around the infield, don't be surprised if he's on the move before the trade deadline.
Escobar is back in the lineup Saturday, batting leadoff and starting at third base. After missing the last seven games due to a knee injury, Escobar will return to the lineup Saturday and hopefully dodge a stint on the disabled list. Prior to injuring his knee, Escobar was putting together an excellent season at age 33, slashing .310/.359/.409 over 69 games. He'll face Clay Buchholz, a pitcher he's gone 5-for-23 against in his career.
Escobar (knee) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox. The team was hoping to have Escobar back at third base and atop the order following Thursday's off day, but Escobar will miss his seventh consecutive start as a result of the knee injury. He has been able to avoid the 15-day DL to this point, but if Escobar does not show improvement before the end of the weekend, the Angels could opt for a backdated stint.
Escobar (knee) likely won't get back on the field until Friday, according to manager Mike Scioscia, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports. Escobar would return for the series opener in Boston if he is able to play Friday. The 33-year-old has missed five straight games dating back to last Friday, and will probably be placed on the 7-day DL if he is not able to go against the Red Sox. Escobar has been one of the bright spots for the Angels this season, batting .310 with three home runs and 20 RBI for the club.
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