NEW YORK – Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon announced after Monday’s victory against the New York Yankees that shortstop Yunel Escobar will go on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder.
Escobar, who sustained the injury June 24 while making a throw to first base in the eighth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, participated in batting practice before Monday’s game.
Maddon said before the game the decision on whether to put Escobar on the DL would hinge on how hard he can throw the ball. The workout showed Escobar’s shoulder has not returned to full strength.
“Nothing horrid,” Maddon said. “He threw (Monday). His biggest concern is just to let it go. He’s a little bit concerned with that. I said, ‘Let’s not play that game. Let’s give you a couple of days off. It’s a long season. We need you to be well.’ One if his major strengths is his arm strength and his ability to throw well. Why would you want to lose that tool by trying to rush back right now?”
Escobar’s stay on the disabled list will be retroactive to June 25, the first game he missed because of the injury. That would allow Escobar to be activated July 11 for the final series before the All-Star break.
Maddon did not say who will replace Escobar on the roster. That move will be made Tuesday afternoon.