Rays Roundup: Yunel Escobar May Be Back Today

By David Hill

Yunel Escobar has been a big part of the Rays success this season, as his amazing glovework and emerging bat have been mainstays in the lineup. When he pulled up with a bit of a limp on Sunday and left the game, the injury may have been a major blow for the Rays. Fortunately, it turned out to be a mild hamstring strain, and with the All-Star Break, Escobar would be able to rest.

Now, it seems as though he is about ready to return. After being held out of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays, it is expected that Escobar will return Saturday against his former team. In fact, it almost sounds as though he could have played yesterday, but the Rays erred on teh side of caution by sitting him out for one more game.

"“We talked yesterday,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “He ran, he ran fine. But we thought it would be wise to not play him today.”"

For his part, Escobar said that the injury is mainly tightness, which he feels any time he moves. However, he is not expecting a trip to the disabled list, and is hoping to be back soon.

"“Take it easy,” said Escobar when asked about the next step. “They don’t want me to rush and miss maybe a month or two. So, they want me to take it easy today. … I would like to be back as soon as I can, but no time limit right now.”"

That day may be as soon as today, as the Rays face the Blue jays at 1:07pm.