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Royals manager Ned Yost hopes Alcides Escobar returns to action Monday

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) was helped off the field Friday after being injured on a force-out of the Athletics' Brett Lawrie at second.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) was helped off the field Friday after being injured on a force-out of the Athletics' Brett Lawrie at second. The Kansas City Star

Alcides Escobar received a second consecutive day off on Sunday afternoon, as he continues to rest his sprained knee. Royals manager Ned Yost indicated his belief was Escobar could return to the starting lineup for Monday’s series opener with Minnesota.

"We’ll see how he feels," Yost said. "But I’m hoping it’s tomorrow."

Escobar suffered the injury during Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie’s takeout slide on Friday night.

With Escobar out, the team has used Christian Colon at shortstop. Colon profiles as more of a second baseman, but he played shortstop in college. The club also promoted infielder Orlando Calixte to aid their depth.

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