Escobar sits with injured left groin

Escobar sits with injured left groin

TORONTO -- Shortstop Yunel Escobar was not in the lineup for Monday's opener against the Orioles because of an injury to his left groin.

"Right now Yunel's situation is day to day," manager John Farrell said. "We don't think that's a long-term issue."

The 29-year-old exited Sunday's 12-6 loss at Texas in the fifth inning after sustaining the injury two innings prior while running from first to third on a single by Colby Rasmus. The groin bothered him again in the fourth, and he was thrown out on a close play at first base on a ground ball.

Omar Vizquel, who played second base in the previous two games because Kelly Johnson was out with a sore hamstring, started at shortstop on Monday and batted ninth.

With the bullpen having been overworked in recent days, the Blue Jays entered Monday with an eight-man relief corps. This leaves them vulnerable on the bench, especially with the two middle infielders dealing with injuries.

"With the combination of eight relievers and [the Escobar and Johnson] situations, it makes our middle infield thin," Farrell said. "At some point we'll have to make some moves to adjust to protect ourselves if those two conditions persist."