Escobar to test wrist; Strasburg throws
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.
Stephen Strasburg threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen session.