Escobar exits after fouling Tanaka pitch off his face

Escobar exits after fouling Tanaka pitch off his face

ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar was removed in the fourth inning of Friday night's 7-0 loss to the Yankees after fouling a pitch off his face on a bunt attempt. X-rays were negative and he is considered day to day.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said "it's a possibility" Escobar goes on the disabled list.

"He's sore," Scioscia said. "We're certainly going to check and see where he is tonight and tomorrow. He's going to be sore for a while."

Escobar squared to bunt against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka leading off the fourth, fouling off an 0-1 pitch. The ball caromed off the bat and hit Escobar in the nose and cheek, knocking off his helmet. He immediately headed into the Angels dugout as the training staff and Scioscia attended to him.

Escobar was replaced by Gregorio Petit, who grounded out and remained in the game at third base. Petit finished the game 1-for-3 and made two tough plays on sharp ground balls.

"Greg hasn't played a lot of third, but he works out there, and it's not easy to get thrown into a game," Scioscia said. "He looked good, handled himself well and made some nice plays."

Escobar struck out swinging in his first at-bat. He's hitting .320 on the season, which ranks second in the American League behind Houston's Jose Altuve (.365).

Laymance is a reporter for based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.