Escobar also feeling the pain

Escobar also feeling the pain

ATLANTA -- Ryan Church was the one heading to the hospital, but it wasn't as if Yunel Escobar escaped their collision without feeling some definite pain.

While turning a double play to end Tuesday's doubleheader between the Braves and Mets at Turner Field, Escobar attempted to leap over Church, who was coming into second base with a hard slide.

Escobar's right knee struck Church in the forehead, causing the Mets' right fielder to immediately go face down behind the second-base bag. Meanwhile, after taking a few steps, Escobar sat on the ground, before being helped off the field with one of his Braves teammates under both of his shoulders.

While Church was sent to an Atlanta-area hospital with what was diagnosed as a mild concussion, Escobar was limping badly after the Braves' 6-2 win in Game 2. He had tweaked his left hamstring earlier in the game. But it was the area just under his right knee that seemed to be giving him the most problems.

"No [disabled list]," Escobar said as media members attempted to get his account of what happened.

While Escobar likely won't need a trip to the DL, there's certainly a chance that he might miss Wednesday's game against the Mets. Church is certainly doubtful as well.

Some Braves questioned whether Church was overaggressive with his slides in the fifth and ninth innings. But two established veterans said that they believed the Mets' outfielder was just "playing the game hard."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.