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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar out with bug bite infection

Mar 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Alcides Escobar was removed from yesterday’s lineup and is expected to sit out today’s game as well with an infection on his arm from a bug bite that he scratched.

According to manager Ned Yost the shortstop “scratched it and now he’s got red streaks and it’s swollen and warm.”

Yost added that it’s “nothing major” and said Escobar is on antibiotics to clear up the infection, so presumably he’ll be back in the lineup at some point later this week.

No word yet on if the bug in question is of the “bed” variety, and further whether Escobar knew to sleep tight and not let them bite.

  1. cur68 - Mar 7, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Not enough information to label this with ‘it’s nothing serious’. Those red streaks = phlebitis or vein inflammation. There’s a real risk of abscess which means muscle damage, contracture of the muscle/joint nearest the scarring, and risk of systemic infection. A little more information would be nice; if this is a staph infection the kid could be in real trouble if it’s the flesh eating kind. I think I’ll reserve ‘nothing serious’ once we know a bit more about it.

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