San Bernardino, California —— On Wednesday night, Yunel Escobar had an injury setback after feeling stiffness in his side in a game where he played five innings and got two at-bats in his second night on rehab assignment with the High-A California League‘s Inland Empire 66ers.
The Los Angeles Angels veteran third baseman, who is recovering from an oblique injury that has sidelined him for several weeks, has been in Inland Empire for two days now. It appears he will be there longer — or more likely, receive treatment for at least a few days and resume his rehab assignment when able. Of course, Inland Empire’s season ends Monday; tonight is their final home game in San Bernardino.
In Wednesday night’s rehab assignment outing against the San Jose Giants, Yunel Escobar struck out and grounded out before being removed ahead of the sixth inning, though it’s not clear which swing — and in which at-bat — he felt his discomfort. We have both of Escobar’s at-bats from last night on video, which you can see here:
We also have Escobar’s rehab at-bats from the night before, as well, where he was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and another groundout on a day where he didn’t quite look right with his timing:
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Again, with Inland Empire wrapping up in just a few days, and with Yunel Escobar likely more than a day or two away from returning to game action now, it’ll be interesting to see where he heads next for more rehab assignment at-bats. He never quite looked right at Inland, taking some bad swings (which I just chalked up to trying to re-gain timing after a few weeks off), and now he’ll be shelved again at least temporarily as he tries to recover.
Considering the Los Angeles Angels are right in the thick of the Wild Card race in the American League, they sure could use him back sooner rather than later. For now, that return appears to be up in the air.