Bill Ladson

Escobar injures right wrist on check swing

Third baseman leaves Thursday's game vs. Cubs after first inning

Escobar injures right wrist on check swing

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs after one inning because of a right wrist injury.

After Escobar left the game, Anthony Rendon switched from second to third base, while Danny Espinosa entered the game in the second inning and played second base.

Escobar started the game and hit third in the first inning. He struck out in his only at-bat, while Rendon was caught stealing second base. The replay showed that Escobar checked his swing and hurt the wrist at the same time.

X-rays on Escobar's wrist were negative, and he will be re-evaluated on Friday, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams.

Escobar is off to a great start this season for Washington, hitting .316 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

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