Escobar's status likely to be determined Friday

Escobar's status likely to be determined Friday

CHICAGO -- Yunel Escobar, who sat out the Rays' game Thursday night against the White Sox with tightness in his right hamstring, is listed as day to day, but manager Joe Maddon said it won't be known until Friday how long the shortstop actually will be sidelined.

"I don't anticipate him being able to play [Friday]," Maddon said. "I anticipate knowing where we are at with him [Friday]. "We'll see how this will play out. I don't anticipate anything awful, but the guy does go pretty hard every day."

Escobar, who is batting just .164, was injured running the bases in the Rays' 3-0 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. He said he felt a "little pull," so he was removed from the game.

Ben Zobrist will fill in at shortstop until Escobar returns.

"Zo did a great job at the end of last year and [Wednesday] when it occurred didn't bat an eye," Maddon said. "[He] looked at the book a little bit, wanted to see where to play the next group of hitters, and everything was fine."

Maddon could have moved Sean Rodriguez back to shortstop but decided to keep him at first base.

"At the end of last season, we all thought Ben did a really good job and we wanted to stay with that," Maddon said. "Sean has been doing a nice job in the other role we have for him, so I don't want to mess things up right now."

John Jackson is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.