Es­co­bar to test wrist; Stras­burg throws

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als third base­man Yunel Es­co­bar con­tin­ues to re­ceive treat­ment on his sore right wrist, which he tweaked on a check swing Thurs­day. Es­co­bar said he planned to test out the wrist in the in­door bat­ting cages be­fore Satur­day’s game against the Chicago Cubs but wouldn’t push it too hard. Af­ter sit­ting out Fri­day and Satur­day, he said he also ex­pects to miss Sun­day’s game.

“We’ll eval­u­ate him [Satur­day] and see where he’s at,” Manager Matt Wil­liams said. “I wouldn’t an­tic­i­pate [a dis­abled list stint], but you never know.”

Es­co­bar is hit­ting .316, sec­ond best among Na­tion­als hit­ters. An­thony Ren­don has started at third base in his place, and Danny Espinosa has han­dled sec­ond base.

In other in­jury news, Stephen Stras­burg threw his first bullpen ses­sion since land­ing on the dis­abled list May 30 with a strained left trapez­ius mus­cle. Stras­burg threw around 30 pitches Satur­day, us­ing all of his pitches.

“Came out of it feel­ing good,” Wil­liams said.

The Na­tion­als will de­ter­mine the next step Sun­day if Stras­burg feels fine in the morn­ing.

ALEX BRAN­DON/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Stephen Stras­burg threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen ses­sion.

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