Bill Ladson

Escobar targeting Tuesday return from groin strain

Third baseman takes part in pregame workouts with Nationals

Escobar targeting Tuesday return from groin strain

WASHINGTON -- It looks like Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar will not need to go on the disabled list. He had an MRI on his left groin recently and the results were encouraging. He tweaked the groin, according to manager Matt Williams.

Escobar showed he was getting better by practicing with the team on the field before Sunday's game against the Phillies. He was taking batting practice and doing fielding drills without any problems.

Escobar is available in an emergency situation Sunday. The Nationals have a day off on Monday, and the team is hoping that Escobar will be back in the starting lineup against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Escobar injured the groin in the fourth inning Friday while running to first on a groundout to Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis. Escobar exited before the top of the fifth and was replaced by Dan Uggla, who entered the game at second base while Danny Espinosa went from second to third base.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.