Nats’ Escobar could be back in lineup Tuesday

By Bill Ladson

WASHINGTON — Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar missed the last two games because of a hyperextended neck, but manager Matt Williams said he expects him to be back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Padres.

“He was available [against the Brewers on Sunday]. He was able to get some treatment postgame and tomorrow. I expect him to be OK,” Williams said.

Escobar hurt his next in the first inning on Friday night. With two outs and a runner on first, Adam Lind hit a ball near the third-base stands. As Escobar was trying to catch the ball, he hit the railing and his head hit a fan’s chest. Williams and athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came to Escobar’s aid.

Escobar left the game and was replaced by Danny Espinosa, who went to second, while Anthony Rendon, who started the game at second, switched over to third.

Worth noting
Center fielder Denard Span was a designated hitter for Double A Harrisburg on Sunday afternoon and went 1-for-3.

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