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Bill Ladson

Back spasms force Escobar out of lineup

Back spasms force Escobar out of lineup

ATLANTA -- Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar was expected to be in Wednesday's starting lineup against the Braves, but he was scratched with upper back spasms.

Escobar has been dealing with the injury since Sunday against the Phillies. He thought he would be ready to play by Wednesday, but after taking batting practice on Wednesday afternoon, Escobar asked out of the lineup.

In his place, Trea Turner started at second base, while Anthony Rendon received the nod at third base. Turner, who is the No. 2 prospect in the Nationals organization, made his third consecutive start.

"Any time he gets a chance to play at this level is good," manager Matt Williams said. "He faces different pitchers, gets experience. Of course, we would love for Yunel to play, too. He has had a great year. If he can't go, then Trea is available to play either short or second. He has done a nice job. It's a nice opportunity for him."

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