Escobar misses third straight game

Yunel Escobar missed his third straight game Sunday with a strained left abductor. Manager Bobby Cox said he did not think the shortstop was close to returning to action and that a trip to the disabled list was a real possibility.

Escobar was injured in Thursday’s game against the Cardinals. He came out of the game in the seventh inning and has been listed as day-to-day.

“We’ll talk to him tomorrow,” Cox said. “We’ll see. If he can’t play in the Washington series I think we’ll probably call somebody up. If he can’t play up there … we always play short [in these situations. But in this case] we need somebody to use.”

Omar Infante has handled the shortstop duties in Escobar’s absence. He had three hits Saturday and two hits Sunday against the Astros.

“O is a solid defensive guy and he gets his hits,” Cox said. “If he’s your everyday guy, he’s fine.”

Cox also said that if Escobar was placed on the disabled list that Brandon Hicks could be called up from Class AAA Gwinnett.

“Hicks is a great infielder and he can really catch it,” Cox said.

Hicks is hitting .163 (13-for-80) in 24 games for the G-Braves this season. He has two doubles, a home run, five RBIs and four stolen bases.

17 comments Add your comment


May 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm

Looking at the minor league report for April, there seems to be a serious lack of hitting through all ranks of the organization. What’s the deal?


May 2nd, 2010
2:58 pm

i do not see Hicks on 40 man roster…


May 2nd, 2010
3:00 pm

but there are only 39 on the 40 man roster…. so no big deal


May 2nd, 2010
4:03 pm

Leg abductor?


May 2nd, 2010
4:17 pm

I think it’s his left henamous muscle.


May 2nd, 2010
4:33 pm

haven’t missed his whiney , mental midget ass. Omar is the better player. Leave the lineup as is.

Michael Procton

May 2nd, 2010
4:46 pm

Yes, chem. In the upper thigh.


May 2nd, 2010
9:43 pm

I’m no expert, but isn’t the muscle on the inner thigh near the groin called the adductor, while the abductor muscles are on the outer thigh?

chin music

May 2nd, 2010
9:52 pm

correct, henry.


May 2nd, 2010
10:13 pm

Bobby said ” O is solid defensive guy.” You bet’u he has 3 error in 4 games, solid, right! Ever time Bobby opens his mouth he …tells one!

Glad Braves won 3 games against Astros but the Astros are crap. We had to win are give up the ship.


May 2nd, 2010
11:07 pm

Gwinnette Braves just recently got no hit by Chris Tillman of Baltimore Orioles organization (he had some Big League experience last season). Even though no hitters in the minors are more often, I wonder how often a team and its AAA and/or AA affiliates have been no hit in the same season.


May 3rd, 2010
7:21 am

the thing that is more worrisome than anything is the best we have available is brandon hicks? brandon hicks couldn’t hit in spring, he can’t hit at triple-a, and he won’t hit in atlanta. there are a couple positions that we just have nothing at and apparently shortstop is one of them.

Thom Brooks

May 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

The Braves are going to cruise along fine. They’re running 4-6 games back and 5-6 of the men are not hitting yet. Wait till August and the Murderer’s Row will kick in. #10 will lead the Braves in 2010, then retire. World Series title on the way!

Savannah Bombers Coach

May 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

I know it’s not in the scheme of winning and losing games, but I wish the Braves would change those Navy Blue away jerseys to have white numbers. They look like a softball uniform. A team’s uniform makes a difference in perception, both by the player and the opponent. It would be neat to see the Braves go to a classy pinstripe for their away uniforms.

Savannah Bombers Coach

May 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

Atlanta Brass, if you name a nobody like me as the next Brave’s coach, we will win a couple of World Championships. It’s magic and I know what is missing in the dugout.


May 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

When Escobar is able to play again we need to trade him to the padres for Lance Zawadzki a 24yr old switch hitting SS with some pop and Luis Durango a 24yr old switch hitter – a true leadoff man that could steal us 40 to 50 base with a 400 plus OBP – He can play LF-CF-2nd base – we might have to add a prospect – Surely Wren doesn’t have to wait 60 days to see a true need

Savannah Bombers Coach

May 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

The Braves recently signed the 18 year old from (Dominican Republic?) who will be ready within a year. He has the makings of a SS/3B that will compare with Cal Ripken, Jr. When Freeman is brought up this year, the Braves will have a young nucleus of Champions. The next Braves Coach will have the quality, but it is the chemistry that has to be nursed each day.

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