Yunel Escobar injury update: Nats infielder sidelined with oblique strain

Yunel Escobar will be watching his new team play spring training games from the dugout for the time bein

g. The Nationals infielder was diagnosed with a Grade 1 left oblique strain on Saturday, according to .com, and is expected to be out for 7-10 days.  MORE: Tommy John for Darvish? | Cuban prospect now a free agent | Opening Day scheduleEscobar was scratched from the Nationals' lineup on Thursday, and has been out since.  Traditionally a shortstop, Escobar is working on a transition to become Washington's everyday second baseman. While the injury is a minor setback, manager Matt Williams expects Escobar to remain on track for opening day. "Does it put [Escobar] behind the 8-ball a little bit?" Williams said, per .com's Jamal Collier. "Sure, because he doesn't get a chance to work with those guys as much as he ordinarily would. But if he's seven to 10 days down, he's still going to have a couple weeks of games in spring to get prepared."