Bill Ladson

Escobar nursing sore right wrist

Right-hander Fister to make rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday

Escobar nursing sore right wrist

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs because of a sore right wrist. He will spend most of the day getting treatment.

Manager Matt Williams said Escobar is going to be monitored closely. He already had X-rays on the wrist, which were negative.

"We have to keep evaluating him and see where he is at," Williams said. "It's still a little swollen. He had an X-ray that was negative. We'll see how he reacts to it and all the treatments."

Escobar left Thursday's game against the Cubs after one inning after hurting the wrist on a check swing.

With Escobar out of the lineup, Anthony Rendon was back at third base, while Danny Espinosa started at second base. Escobar is off to a great start for Washington, hitting .316 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

Right-hander Doug Fister, who is on the disabled list because of right forearm tightness, will make a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.

Fister's solid outing

Fister has already thrown two bullpen sessions and was able to throw all of his pitches.

"I can't complain," Fister said. "Everything has progressed the way we wanted it."

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.