ANAHEIM — The Angels will be without Yunel Escobar, their primary third baseman and leadoff hitter, for up to a month after an MRI exam Sunday revealed a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring.
The team announced that Escobar will be placed on the 10-day disabled list and can expect a 2-4 week timetable for recovery. A corresponding roster move was not immediately announced.
Escobar suffered the injury running the bases in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, a 4-3 loss. He singled, went to second base when Mike Trout was hit by a pitch, then scored on a single by Albert Pujols. Cliff Pennington replaced Escobar at third base to begin the seventh inning.
Ben Revere led off and Luis Valbuena played third base for the Angels on Sunday.
C.J. Cron was activated from the disabled list prior to Sunday’s game and Jefry Marte was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Cron’s return frees up Valbuena to play third base — his primary position the last five seasons.
“Right now obviously we’re playing Luis at third base,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t see us playing Luis 13, 14 straight days at third base. We don’t anticipate that happening. There could be days where (Pennington) plays third and Luis plays first, sure.”
Escobar was batting .272 this season, and .356 (21 for 59) in his last 15 games.
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