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NL East update: Yunel Escobar, Denard Span, Bobby Parnell, Chad Billingsley

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Yunel Escobar left Friday's game against the Phillies with an apparent groin issue, but it might not be as bad as initial fears indicated.

Patrick Reddington, Nats beat reporter with Federal Baseball, describes how the injury happened:

Yunel Escobar pulled up lame after running through first base on a groundout in the bottom of the fourth inning in last night's win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Escobar reached for the the inside of his left leg as he crossed the bag, in what's become known as a universal sign of a groin issue. Back of the leg = hamstring, inner thigh, front of the leg = groin.

Washington's 32-year-old infielder left the game at that point, replaced by Dan Uggla, who took over at second with Danny Espinosa moving over to third.

As for today, the Nats will juggle a little bit in the infield:

NL East news & notes 4/18:

  • Terry Collins would like 28-man rosters in MLB - Amazin' Avenue
    "Collins would like to see Major League Baseball adopt a system similar to the other major North American sports leagues. Rosters would be expanded to 28 or 30 players, and on any given night, several players would be inactive. These inactive players would most likely be starting pitchers who are not scheduled to pitch, but could also include players who are hurt but only need a few days off."

  • The Yankees are reportedly interested in Braves prospect Jose Peraza, but the Braves say they have 'no interest' in trading him. This is different than that time they said they weren't interested in trading Craig Kimbrell, though.
  • At least SOME good news for the Nats: Denard Span could be activated as early as tomorrow, reports Dan Kolko.

NL East standings 4/18

East W L PCT GB
NY Mets 8 3 0.727 -
Atlanta 7 3 0.7 0.5
Washington 5 6 0.455 3
Miami 3 8 0.273 5
Philadelphia 3 8 0.273 5