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

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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."