Esky continues to amaze with stellar defense

Esky continues to amaze with stellar defense

KANSAS CITY -- Alcides Escobar is downright scary.

The Royals' shortstop flashed the leather yet again in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers. In the top of the third, Escobar made a stab at Elvis Andrus' one-hopper into the hole, then made a jump throw without stopping for the out at first base. It was a scary good play.

But Escobar also put a scare into his own team later in the game, when he tried to make another stellar play on a ground ball hit by Michael Young in the seventh inning. Instead, this time, his right plant foot slipped in the grass right behind the infield and Escobar didn't even attempt a throw. Assistant athletic trainer Kyle Turner and manager Ned Yost came out to check on Escobar, who was pointing to his calf.

Escobar remained in the game, though, and drove in a run with a base hit in the bottom half of the inning. After the game, Escobar and Yost both said the shortstop's leg was fine.

"When my foot slid on the grass, I felt my calf pull, but after that everything was good," Escobar said.

Escobar was in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, batting second.