[Updated: 11:25 p.m.]
Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Friday night's loss to the Brewers in the top of the first inning after the Nationals third baseman collided with both the railing and a fan seated down the left-field line trying to chase a foul popup.
The injury was diagnosed as a hyper-extended neck, according to Matt Williams. Escobar is considered day-to-day.
"He ran into a fan trying to catch that ball. As he went to reach for it, he kinda leaned over with his upper body," Wiliams explained. "The fence caught him at the waste and hyperextended his neck a little bit. So he’s a little sore. We’ll see how he istomorrow. For now, he’s day to day."
Escobar ran about 75 feet in search of Ryan Braun's popup behind third base, missing an over-the-shoulder catch by a few inches before slamming into the short wall along the warning track. He also slammed face first into a fan seated in the first row behind the wall, knocking the man to the ground and leaving Escobar dazed.
Williams and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz emerged from the Nationals' dugout to check on Escobar, who after being examined slowly walked off the field and back down the dugout steps.
Anthony Rendon shifted from second base to third base in Escobar's absence, while Danny Espinosa came off the bench to take over at second base. Top prospect Trea Turner, just called up from Class AAA Syracuse earlier in the day, was left as the club's lone backup infielder.
That forced Williams to get creative and in the bottom of the fifth he called on starting pitcher Max Scherzer to pinch-hit.
"We’re short anyway. Anytime your short and you lose that guy early, you’re a man down at that point. It’s easier if your starter goes long and he’s deep into a game but that didn’t happen tonight. We got through it though. We had enough guys," Williams said.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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