Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar took a nasty blow to the left shin at the weekend after Roenis Elias’s wild pitch clattered into the batter’s lower leg.
Escobar suffered the injury in the second innings of the Royals 2-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
The 27-year-old arrived at the plate with his side 1-0 up when Elias lost his grip on the ball and it smashed into Escobar’s left shin.
The infielder was able to carry on for another four innings before being replaced by Pedro Ciriaco in the sixth.
The shortstop has been placed on the day-to-day disabled list after his shin swelled up and has left Escobar in huge discomfort.
An X-ray was taken at the Kauffman Stadium but no fracture was detected and the shortstop was given the all clear.
NOT TOO SHOOK UP
The 27-year-old remained upbeat despite the painful knock and is confident he will not miss a game for the Royals.
“I’ll be ready, you know me.”
So far this season Escobar has played in every game for Kansas City with a .287 batting average in 2014 and has 34 runs, two home runs and 23 RBIs.
WHEN WILL HE BE BACK?
Royals manager Ned Yost spoke to MLB.com and explained he wasn't sure whether his shortstop will be fit in time for their next game on Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers:
Kansas City slumped to 39-36 season record and are stuck in a four-game losing streak which has put a dent in their division title ambitions.
In the same period as their four consecutive defeats, American League Central division leaders Detroit Tigers have won four on the bounce and pulled a two and a half game advantage on the Royals.
Kansas City take on the Dodgers on Monday and Escobar with be assessed during batting practice to gauge whether he will be fit enough to take to the field.
You can see the painful injury via this link.
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