Escobar out with strained right hip flexor

Escobar out with strained right hip flexor

ATLANTA -- When the Braves began their daunting 10-game homestand against the Cubs on Monday night, they found themselves without shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Escobar was scratched from the lineup with a strained right hip flexor. The same ailment caused him to miss six games in May.

While announcing Escobar's status as day-to-day, the Braves remain hopeful that he'll be available Tuesday, when they begin a three-game series against the Yankees. But if this ailment forces him to again miss six games, the 26-year-old shortstop would miss this weekend's series against the Red Sox.

Escobar, who is hitting .292 with seven homers this year, was replaced in Monday's lineup by Diory Hernandez.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.