Escobar was placed on the concussion DL on Saturday, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports. After taking a foul ball off the face Friday, Escobar will hit the concussion DL, which mandates that he'll miss at least seven days. The Angels will go with Jefry Marte in his place at third base Saturday, while Kole Calhoun serves as the lead off man.
Escobar went 5-for-5 -- all singles -- with an RBI and a run in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners. He's really taken to the role of leadoff hitter in Anaheim, racking up the base knocks -- at .316, Escobar incredibly owns the third-best average in the American League. Unfortunately for fantasy owners' purposes, that's essentially the only category where Escobar's particularly helpful -- if you're looking to him for counting stats, disappointment will be yours.
Escobar (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. He will man third base and bat leadoff. Escobar was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore knee, but it seems the two full days of rest -- the Angels were off Monday -- were sufficient to treat the issue. The 33-year-old currently ranks second in the American League with a .318 average and has scored 53 runs, but his lack of power or speed puts a cap on his fantasy upside.
Escobar was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Mariners with a sore left knee, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Escobar was originally listed on the lineup card Sunday as the team's leadoff hitter, but his knee was still bothering him during warmups after he injured it on the final play of Saturday's game. As a result, manager Mike Scioscia elected to give Escobar the day off, with the hope that it will prevent the issue from worsening. Johnny Giavotella will take Escobar's spot in the lineup.
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.
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