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.