Angels' Yunel Escobar Expected to Miss 2-3 Weeks with Oblique Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 26: Yunel Escobar #0 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after striking out during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 26, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Angels announced on Tuesday that third baseman Yunel Escobar is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a mild Grade 1 oblique strain.

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.

It's a tough break for an Angels team suddenly dealing with injuries, with Kole Calhoun currently day-to-day as he recovers from a hamstring strain

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.

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