Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Wednesday's game against the New York Mets in the second inning with an apparent wrist injury.

Escobar tried to check swing on an inside pitch by Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and lost control of his bat halfway through. He grimaced in pain, then fell onto his back on top of home plate. Escobar took one more pitch in the at-bat before leaving the game. 

Dan Uggla replaced Escobar at the plate and struck out looking. The Nationals announced that Escobar was hit by the pitch on his left hand, however replays do not appear to show that the ball made contact with his hand. 

This is the second time in the last month that Escobar left a game early. On June 26, he exited a game against the Philadelphia Phillies after being hit on the left hand by a pitch and missed the next two games.

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You can watch Escobar's swing against Syndergaard below.

On the season, Escobar is hitting .322 with five home runs, 30 RBIs and a .367 on-base percentage.

Washington entered Wednesday in first place in the NL East with a 50–42 record.

- Molly Geary

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