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Yunel Escobar back from suspension but out of lineup

Sep 21, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

Yunel Escobar Reuters

Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar‘s team-imposed three-game suspension has concluded, but he’s not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Rays.

Escobar was suspended Tuesday after wearing eye black inscribed with an anti-gay slur.

“When we met earlier today it became increasingly clear during that discussion that he needs another day to get back and be ready to play a major league game,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s not so much staying in shape or baseball activity, it’s just about how he’s dealing with the fallout of what he did. He’s remorseful for what took place, and as a result he needs another day to get things in line.”

Farrell indicated that Escobar would be ready to play Saturday, though he didn’t commit to putting him in the lineup.

Adeiny Hechavarria started at shortstop during Escobar’s absence and is back there tonight.

  1. historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    what the hell does that mean?

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      One thing it means is that Matthew has a typo to correct.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Hechavarria has hit better than Escobar this month. He is being evaluated by the team and just might be the starting short stop next year.

    • cur68 - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Jeez, play Hechavarria at second: he’s gonna be miles better than Johnson, the Human Strike Out Machine.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        Or Escobar at second. Matthew still hasn’t caught his spelling mistake.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        He finally got it. Hechavarria is not the easiest name to spell.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        I was actually coming back to change anti-gay slur to gay slur, but now the AP is calling it an anti-gay slur, too.

        The NY Times is having a tough time with it, too. It looks like they originally said anti-gay slur then changed the story to gay slur.

        But, yeah, at least Hechavarria is fixed.

  3. mazblast - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Just bench him, the season’s almost over anyway. Then ditch him, he’s good but not THAT good.

  4. kevinleaptrot - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Yunel, tu ere una cabeza hueca.

  5. randygnyc - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Mathew, while you’re at it, increasing should be increasingly.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM


  6. fearthehoody - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    They say back in the day Steve Garvey used to have the same message on his eye black. But he was not suspended as the comment was directed to the only 5 women in the stands who had not slept with him and they were not offended.

  7. jaysjunkie - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    The Tampa fans certainly seemed indifferent when he made a pinch hit appearance in the 8th inning…I didn’t hear a single boo. Then again, it is Tampa.

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