TORONTO -- Yunel Escobar was a late scratch from the Blue Jays' lineup on
Wednesday night because of tightness in his back.
Escobar was listed to play shortstop and hit seventh against the A's. He was
removed less than 90 minutes before first pitch and replaced by veteran Omar
The 29-year-old Escobar has been mentioned in trade rumors for
the past week but Wednesday's decision had nothing to do with a potential
"He felt some tightness in his lower back during batting practice," Blue
Jays manager John Farrell said after his club's 16-0 loss to Oakland.
"Precautionary, made the move to withhold him, didn't want to push it.
"Whether or not he's available tomorrow, we'll check and see in the morning
when he comes in but that was the reason for tonight."
Escobar is guaranteed $5 million in 2013 and the club also has a pair of
team options after that season valued at an additional $10 million. The
Cuban native could potentially be available prior to the non-waiver Trade
Deadline with prospect Adeiny Hechavarria waiting in the wings at Triple-A
Through 93 games this season, Escobar is hitting .255 with six home runs and
34 RBIs. That's a dropoff from last year, when he hit .290 with a .369 on-base percentage and 38 extra-base hits.