Escobar tests injured right wrist in cage

Escobar tests injured wrist in cage

ATLANTA -- The wrap covering the contusion on Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar's right wrist was gone before Sunday's game against the Dodgers, but Escobar's status for the team's series opener in San Diego on Monday is still in doubt.

Perhaps the Braves' hottest hitter in July, Escobar was struck in the wrist by a Rick VandenHurk fastball during Thursday's win over the Marlins. Since then, Escobar has been out of action and wearing a wrap over the injured wrist. Diory Hernandez has replaced him in the lineup.

Sunday was the first day Escobar was scheduled to resume batting practice to test the wrist. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate, as a pregame downpour forced Escobar to take swings in the indoor cages at Turner Field.

His ability to throw is still in doubt, as he was unable to take ground balls due the weather. However, he did gain a better grasp on how the injury is limiting his swing.

"The inside pitch I can't get to," Escobar said after emerging from the indoor cages. "It feels better though. I don't know if I can throw."

Escobar added that he would try to play catch before Sunday's game and see how the wrist affected his arm. Still, it's unclear when Escobar will return to the field. Hernandez drove in the tying run in Saturday's game, and he has hit safely in his past two games.

Another Braves player eager to return to the field is right fielder Ryan Church, who has missed several games with a hyperextended right elbow. Church received medication for the elbow and can extend it partially without pain. However, it still pains him to fully extend his right arm, and he won't test it by taking batting practice until Monday in San Diego.

"I really want to play," Church said. "It stinks just having to sit here and watch. I stayed in one spot the entire game [on Saturday] except to get up and high-five people."

The weather also threw a wrench in reliever Buddy Carlyle's rehab plans, as he attempts to return to action since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

He was supposed to pitch for Class A Rome on Saturday, but Rome, Ga., was hit with a downpour just as he was supposed to pitch to his first batter. Instead, he will start for Rome on Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch two innings. He will be joined by teammate Omar Infante in Rome, as Infante begins to rehab from a broken left hand that has sidelined him since May 20.

"I feel really good right now," Carlyle said. "My arm feels good, my body feels good and I've been managing the blood sugar. My velocity has been a lot better."

Adam Rosenberg is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.