Royals shortstop Escobar exits, injured by late Lawrie slide

Alcides Escobar had to be helped off the field after he was on the receiving end of a hard slide by Oakland's Brett Lawrie.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was helped off the field without putting weight on his left leg Friday night after Oakland’s Brett Lawrie slid into him in a play at second base.

Josh Reddick had lined a pitch off pitcher Kelvin Herrera with one out in the seventh inning and it bounced toward third baseman Mike Moustakas. He shoveled the ball to Escobar at second and Lawrie slid late, crossing over the bag and crunching into Escobar’s leg.

Moustakas immediately signaled for the Royals’ training staff and angry Kansas City players flooded the field. Lawrie was escorted to the dugout by his teammates.

The Royals said Escobar had a sprained knee along with bruising, and would be day to day. He was replaced by Christian Colon in the lineup.