The Kansas City Royals are not entirely sure when exactly shortstop Alcides Escobar will be healthy enough to return to the lineup, but they are hoping it will be soon.
Escobar has only been able to play in 11 games this spring after back spasms have kept him sidelined. He has participated in limited drills throughout the week, and is expected to take part in full activities on Saturday. Manager Ned Yost is optimistic his talented infielder will be able to return to the lineup on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, but does not want to say for sure one way or the other.
“If it was the regular season, he’d be playing today, but it’s not,” Yost told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com.
The last thing Yost needs to do is rush back one of his top players who is not game ready. It is one thing if it was the regular season, but because it is just Spring Training, there is no purpose to forcing Escobar into the lineup.
Escobar’s injury appears to have calmed down quite a bit. The Royals will have a better idea of when he can suit up again when he is able to test out the injury in the field. As of right now, it appears it is more likely that he will start against the Texas Rangers on Monday so he can have one more day of rest.
The 26-year-old batted .293 with five home runs and 52 RBI in 605 at-bats last season. In 31 at-bats this spring, he is batting .290 with three RBI and two triples.