KANSAS CITY -- Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was removed
from Tuesday night's game against Kansas City in the fourth
inning with a bruised left quadriceps muscle.
Escobar suffered the injury during a bizarre play in the top
of the first. He stole second base and advanced to third on
a throwing error by catcher Matt Treanor.
Royals center fielder Melky Cabrera tried to get Escobar at
third only to have his throw bounce away from Mike Aviles.
That allowed Escobar to score the game's first run.
Escobar, who has appeared in 59 of Toronto's 61 games this
season, is currently listed as day-to-day.
"He took a charlie horse on the slide to second base," Blue
Jays manager John Farrell said after Toronto's 8-5 victory.
"He got kneed by the middle infielder there and we will have
to evaluate him [Wednesday] whether he's good to go.
"We tried to nurse him through it a little bit but as each
inning progressed, he felt some additional soreness and
tightness in there so we got him out."
Utilityman Mike McCoy entered the game and likely will start
at shortstop on Wednesday if Escobar is unable to go.
Toronto is also currently playing without infielder John
McDonald, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right
Escobar entered Tuesday's game hitting .284 with seven home
runs and 24 RBIs. He has reached base safely in 48 of his 59
games this year and is tied for second in on-base percentage
(.364) among American League shortstops.
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