"He's got a left groin strain, most likely headed to the disabled list," Molitor said. "If that happens, then we'd probably have to make the corresponding move tomorrow."
Escobar, a .237 hitter this season, appeared to tweak the groin as his foot hit first base when he grounded out to shortstop Tyler Saladino in the second inning. Escobar talked with Molitor and a team trainer after the play and stayed in the game, but he did not come out for the third. The Twins shuffled around their defense and Eddie Rosario replaced him in the order.
The injury compounded what was already a rough night for Escobar, who booted a routine ground ball with two outs in the first. The mistake was his fifth error of the season, the most on the team, and set up a Melky Cabrera two-RBI double that put the Twins behind early.
And that wasn't the half of it for Minnesota.
For the first time all season, Joe Mauer failed to reach base, ending his streak at 28 games The Twins did not register a hit after the fifth inning. Ricky Nolasco surrendered a season-high seven runs and threw a season-low five innings.
"It's just frustrating right now," Nolasco said. "I felt pretty good. I thought I had a little extra on the heater with it being warm. I definitely didn't envision that [performance] with the way that I felt."
And though much of the misfortune was their own doing, it seems as if the Twins can't catch a break. In the fifth inning, Adam Eaton led off with a triple against Nolasco. The Twins brought the infield in because they were only down 5-4 at the time. Austin Jackson hit a weak ball to Mauer at first base, but it took him just to the right, and because the infield was in, Nolasco was anticipating a throw home and didn't run to cover first.
"It's kind of the same story," Nolasco said. "We're just not catching breaks right now. A lot of balls [if they] go the other way, we're right in the game."
The Twins have no choice but to keep moving forward, even if that means doing so without their shortstop.
"A lot of things that didn't go our way, for sure," Molitor said.