Escobar hopes to return Monday; Hicks scratched

Escobar hopes to return Monday; Hicks scratched

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar is hopeful he'll return to the lineup by Monday, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expressed doubts Escobar will be ready to play by then.

Escobar suffered a jammed right shoulder diving for a ball on Tuesday and an MRI exam on Wednesday showed no structural damage. But he was held out of the lineup for a third straight game on Saturday, as rookie Danny Santana started at shortstop in his place.

Escobar remains optimistic he'll play again soon, but Gardenhire said he wants to be cautious with him because he doesn't want him to reinjure his shoulder.

"You tell him to give you a high five and he still has problems with that," Gardenhire said. "It's pretty easy to watch him not pick up his arm. And what happens if he dives for a ball? Or if he's pinch-running and he dives for a slide, how's that going to feel? He has a sprain in his shoulder."

Aaron Hicks was also a late scratch from Saturday's lineup with back stiffness. Jordan Schafer moved over from left field to center field to replace Hicks, while Eduardo Nunez started in left field.

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