Nationals News: Checking in on Yunel Escobar, Tyler Moore


Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to todays District Daily! Opening Day is just a few weeks away, so there’s plenty of news to talk about coming out of the Nats’ camp.

In today’s Daily,’s Jamal Collier discusses Yunel Escobar. As we know, Escobar has been out for a while with an oblique injury and has yet to play a spring training game.

As Collier writes, Escobar is making strides in his recovery from a Grade 1 oblique strain. The infielder played catch and participated in full exercises for the first time since the injury. Escobar is slated to be the Nationals’ Opening Day second baseman, so it’s pivotal that he returns to camp and gets up to speed as soon as possible.

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Also in today’s Daily, Collier discusses Tyler Moore and his hot start to the spring. As Collier notes, Moore, who is out of minor league options, has been on fire this spring and is looking to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done for Moore. The Nationals have several players competing for just a few spots on the bench, and while Moore’s lack of options might help him make the team, there are certainly other players who could take his place of Moore struggles this spring. Right now, though, Moore’s bat is on a role. And with all the injuries that have already bitten the Nationals this season, Moore could be a major asset for the team early on in the season.

Be sure to check out the articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Nationals Spring Training needs.

Injured Escobar plays catch, exercises

(Jamal Collier,

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar played catch and participated in full exercises at the team’s facility in Viera, Fla., on Sunday morning, his first activity since being diagnosed with a Grade 1 left oblique strain.

Escobar, who has been inactive since March 5, is believed to have suffered the injury from taking so many extra ground balls after practice at second base. Read full article here.

Moore hot at plate, but future with Nationals uncertain

(Jamal Collier,

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Tyler Moore‘s hot streak has extended beyond the baseball field. During the Nationals’ par-3 contest at Duran Golf Club in Viera, Fla., recently, Moore hit a hole-in-one that had the locker room buzzing — especially because he did it with a putter.

“I don’t know what happened there, I just kind of blacked out for a minute,” Moore said, acknowledging the hole was 67 yards long. “And my team was really excited for me, so it was a fun time.”

In Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Astros, Moore continued his hot hitting at the plate. Read full article here.

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