The team placed him on the 10-day disabled list. Escobar, 34, is hitting .274 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 89 games this season.
And as the Angels try to sneak back into the wild-card race—at the time of publication, they were 55-58 and sat three games behind the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card berth—any injuries are potentially a major impediment.
With Escobar sidelined, Luis Valbuena will slot into the lineup as the team's starting third baseman. Valbuena has had a rough season, hitting .187 with 11 homers and 35 RBI in 74 contests.