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Yunel Escobar diagnosed with mild concussion, but won’t go on new seven-day disabled list

Apr 7, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar slides hard into third with a triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics in their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto Reuters

Yunel Escobar, who took a knee to the helmet while sliding into third base yesterday, has been diagnosed with a “mild concussion” following a CAT scan and other tests last night and this morning.

That would seemingly make him an ideal candidate to be placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions that MLB instituted last month, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters that “we don’t think he’ll be out that long.”

Escobar has been cleared to travel with the team and Anthopoulos indicated that he could return to the lineup as soon as early next week, but the intent of the seven-day DL was seemingly to more easily convince teams to shut down players like Escobar rather than risking anything by having them return too soon.

Even if the Blue Jays think he’ll be ready to return to the lineup in, say, four days, why not just play it safe and let him take the seven days off? And if they aren’t interested in doing that, then how much of an impact will the seven-day DL really make?

  1. cur68 - Apr 7, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Maybe if Jose Bautista was in the lineup Escobar would be on the DL? Without him, they need Escobar ASAP; I bet that’s what they think. Bad idea to do this because now they can’t call up someone with a better bat than Johny Mac. The team must believe Junel is going to be ok in a day or two and since they’re closer to him than me I’m going with their assessment. I sure hope they know what they’re doing and I’ll be real glad if he’s back to face the Angels; Escobar & Bautista both.

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