Cox pulls Escobar again
Yunel Escobar has proven to have a much better attitude over the course of the past few weeks. But when he took a lackadaisical stroll toward first base at the end of the first inning of Friday night’s 9-4 loss to the Phillies at Turner Field, the talented shortstop once again drew the ire of Braves manager Bobby Cox.
This action led to Cox removing Escobar during the middle of a game for the second time this year. Two defensive mental lapses during a June 13 game against the Orioles also led the Cuban shortstop to face the embarrassment of being pulled.
“He just has lapses, where I think he forgets,” Cox said.
Escobar moved gingerly out of the box when he grounded out to end the
first inning. His slow approach might have prevented him from taking
advantage of Chase Utley’s errant throw, which slightly pull Phillies
first baseman Ryan Howard off the bag.
Cox inserted Omar Infante to play shortstop before the start of the third inning. He said his decision to wait an inning was based on his desire to allow Infante to get loose.
“I didn’t want to put anybody in just off the bench on the third out not loose,” Cox said.
Over the course of the past two months, Escobar has proven to be a better clubhouse figure. In addition, while making highlight plays on a nightly basis, he has committed just one error in his last 63 games.
“He’s been as good as any shortstop that I’ve seen over the past couple of months,” a Major League scout said earlier this week.